Max Wade, 19, from the San Francisco Bay-area town of San Rafael,
was sentenced to life with a possibility of parole for shooting into
a truck carrying his former love interest and her boyfriend in April
2012, his attorney Charles Dresow said.
The life term came with a 20-year sentencing enhancement for use of
a firearm in committing a premeditated attempted murder, and he
received a separate 16-month sentence for stealing the sports car,
Under a new state law for individuals who commit a crime as
juveniles but are convicted as adults, Wade would be entitled to a
parole hearing after serving 20 years, and has earned two year's
credit for time already served, the defense lawyer said.
Judge Kelly Simmons, who presided over the jury trial that found
Wade guilty late last year, handed down the sentence in Marin County
"He deserves it," Simmons said in the sentencing hearing, according
to the San Francisco Chronicle. "The crime was very, very serious.
This is not a spur-of-the-moment loss of temper. This is a planned
Wade was 17 when he was arrested for the drive-by shooting north of
San Francisco. He allegedly sped off on a motorcycle after firing
shots at the teen couple, who were uninjured in the attack.
While investigating the shooting, authorities linked Wade to an
unsolved car theft the year before, where witnesses reported seeing
a man rappel from the roof of a San Francisco auto dealership and
race off in a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder owned by Fieri, the
goateed, spiky-haired Food Network restaurateur.
Video cameras captured the canary yellow convertible crossing the
Golden Gate Bridge days later.
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The sports car, estimated to cost about $200,000, was discovered in
a storage shed along with Wade's getaway motorcycle.
Police said they staked out the storage space and arrested Wade when
he showed up to retrieve his belongings.
He was taken into custody in May 2012. On his 18th birthday, someone
unsuccessfully attempted to free Wade from a juvenile detention
center by smashing his cell window from the outside. Wade was
immediately transferred to county jail after the breakout effort.
A search of the grounds around the juvenile hall turned up a
backpack with a change of clothes, a sledgehammer and a bolt cutter,
which authorities believe was used to slice through two perimeter
Wade's friends were thought to have made the botched escape attempt.
(Reporting by Laila Kearney; editing by Steve Gorman and Lisa
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