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Toby Stangel guilty in deadly Honolulu freeway rampage

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A jury has found a Wahiawa man accused of going on a deadly Honolulu highway-shooting rampage guilty of second-degree murder.  However, the punishment is not as severe as it could have been as four of his seven attempted murder charges were reduced to misdemeanors.

Stangel was convicted of the most serious charge, the murder of mother of 10, Tammy Nguyen. He also faced several charges of first-degree attempted murder for firing at two police officers, but those were reduced to reckless endangering in the second-degree.

"I think there was sufficient evidence for attempted murder in the first degree," said deputy prosecuting attorney Dwight Nadamoto. "When you think about it, you have victims who were just going on their way, working, going home and for no reason, somebody just starts shooting at them. I'm not talking about shooting in the air, I'm talking about shooting at them."

The incident stretched from Kaimuki to Aiea almost two years ago. Stangel was charged with wounding two other people along the way.

His defense attorney never disputed the events, but argued it wasn't pre-meditated.

"Toby has always been remorseful for what has happened," said John Schum, Stangel's defense attorney. "He wishes it never happened. He wishes he could go back to June 3rd, 2011 and never have had that day happen in his life."

Stangel was also convicted of several firearm possession charges and the jury will re-convene in July to rule on three separate drug offenses.

Stangel faces life in prison with the possibility of parole, but prosecutors hope to have that changed.

"It's basically for the protection of the public," Nadamoto said. "Considering the facts of this case, where he went on indiscriminately shooting at people for no reason, the safety of the public warrants that he be placed without parole."

An extended sentence hearing has been scheduled for Monday morning and sentencing is set for July 31.

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