Two Tongan gang members get life sentences for murder in US

'Oku taupotu 'i lalo ha fakamatala faka-Tonga

Tēvita Kaihea was sentenced to 112 years to life in prison on Friday after being found guilty by a jury of first-degree murder, attempted murder, two counts of robbery, vehicle theft and a felon in possession of a firearm, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office said in a press release.

His partner in crime Charlie Hola was previously sentenced to 48 years and 8 months to life in prison on June 22 on related charges, a press release reportedly said.

The Tongan gang members have been sentenced to life in prison in connection to a crime spree involving murdering a rival gang member on Sacramento City College campus and an armed robbery of a Church’s Chicken.

Kaihea and Hola, who are members of the Tongan Crip street gang, according to the DA’s office, were arrested following a string of crimes committed on Sept. 3, 2015.

The two first stole a car from the 47th Avenue light rail station and drove to Church’s Chicken on Florin Road, where they proceeded to commit an armed robbery.

“They then shot a south Sacramento resident in the face when the resident noticed the two acting suspiciously in the neighbourhood,” the press release said. That victim survived, officials said.

Kaihea and Hola then drove toward Sacramento City College, abandoning the car nearby, and then got into a gang fight that ended in the shooting death of Roman Gonzalez, reportedly a member of the Norteno gang.

1 COMMENT

  1. Kuo tautea ngāue pōpula ha toko ua Tonga ki he mate he Falaite’ taimi ‘a ‘Amelika hili ‘ena halaia ki he fakapō, feinga fakapō, kaiha’a mo e ma’u me’atau ta’efakalao.

    Kuo tautea’a Tēvita Kaihea ki he ngāue pōpula ta’u ‘e 112 kae ta’u 48 māhina ‘e 8 ‘a Charlie Hola.

    Ko e ongo mēmipa ‘eni ‘o e kengi Tonga ‘oku ‘iloa ko e Tongan Crip.

    Ko e ngāue pōpula ‘eni ‘i hono fana’i ‘o mate ‘a Roman Gonzalez ‘a ia ‘oku pehē ko e mēmipa ia ‘o e kengi ne ‘iloa ko e Norteno.

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