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Stangel convicted of murder in 2011 shooting rampage

By Ken Kobayashi

LAST UPDATED: 04:48 p.m. HST, May 16, 2013

A Circuit Court jury convicted Toby Stangel today of second-degree murder and second-degree attempted murder for a 2011 shooting spree that left one motorist dead and two others wounded.

But the jury refused to convict Stangel, 30, of Wahiawa on first-degree attempted murder charges that carry a mandatory life term without parole, the state’s harshest sentence.

Stangel faces a life term with the chance of parole for the second-degree murder and attempted murder convictions.

But city prosecutors will press for a life term without parole because of Stangel’s second-degree murder and second-degree attempted murder convictions.

Circuit Judge Glenn Kim told the jury to return to court Monday for a hearing on whether Stangel should be sentenced to the state’s most severe sentence as a multiple offender and a danger to the community.

Kim set the sentencing for July 31.

The jury returned the verdict this afternoon after nearly two days of deliberations that started Tuesday.

Stangel’s defense did not dispute that he fired the shots during the 17-minute shooting rampage that started at Waialae Avenue in Kaimuki and continued onto the H-1 freeway during the early morning of June 3, 2011.

The defense argued that the state failed to prove that Stangel intended to kill anyone and said he was guilty of the lesser offense of reckless endangering.

Stangel did not testify in the trial.

Tammy Nguyen, a 54-year-old Palolo mother of 10, was the driver of a minivan waiting at a stoplight on Waialae Avenue when she was fatally shot in the head.

Two other motorists were wounded on the H-1 freeway. 

The prosecution contended that Stangel shot at two police officers at a traffic stop near the Ewa-bound off-ramp from Moanalua Freeway to the H-1 freeway.

Stangel had faced three first-degree attempted murder counts.

They included murdering Nguyen and trying to murder her 16-year-old daughter, who was in the van.  

The other two first-degree attempted murder counts involved trying to murder police officers.

The jury acquitted Stangel of the first count, apparently because the panel didn’t believe he tried to murder the daughter.

The panel found him guilty on the other two counts of the lesser offense of second-degree reckless endangering the two officers.

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Anonymous wrote:
This guy should be put away for life.
on May 16,2013 | 02:10PM
allie wrote:
This is Hawaii. Look for him to be paroled sooner than you think.
on May 16,2013 | 03:12PM
boshio wrote:
The defense attorney must be out of his mind to claim that he did not intend to kill. Another nut case as an attorney. Just lock this guy up forever with no parole, and throw away the keys already.
on May 16,2013 | 03:15PM
false wrote:
Not the defense attorney... the JURY.
on May 16,2013 | 05:54PM
ainokea1964 wrote:
on May 16,2013 | 02:11PM
Sunny wrote:
Toby is a cold blooded killer!
on May 16,2013 | 02:12PM
false wrote:
Slam dunk.
on May 16,2013 | 02:32PM
ezridah wrote:
he didn't mean to kill anyone when he was shooting a gun ????
on May 16,2013 | 02:34PM
hawaiiguy50 wrote:
Not sad for Toby. He got what he deserves. But I do feel sorry for all the families involved, victims as well as the Stangels.
on May 16,2013 | 02:38PM
primo1 wrote:
Great...so now we have to pay for his room & board for the rest of his sorry life.
on May 16,2013 | 02:47PM
boshio wrote:
cut it down to only one meal a day.
on May 16,2013 | 03:17PM
popaa wrote:
and make him pay for it in cash. if he no can, he can work it off by cleaning public toilets under guard.
on May 16,2013 | 05:29PM
chief wrote:
This fool is a prime example of why we need capital punishment here!
on May 16,2013 | 03:22PM
Skyler wrote:
My sentiments exactly.
on May 16,2013 | 11:00PM
olos73 wrote:
Unless he commit hara-kiri like the previous inmates did.
on May 16,2013 | 03:28PM
boshio wrote:
Put 6' pieces of rope in his cell and demand he shave every day so leave 2 weeks of razors in the cabinets above the toilet.
on May 16,2013 | 04:15PM
all_fed_up wrote:
I'm sorry Mr defense attorney. When you aim a gun at someone, and fire multiple times at their head or neck, I'm pretty sure you intended to kill.
on May 16,2013 | 02:51PM
Anonymous wrote:
The jury disagreed, and they heard all the evidence.
on May 16,2013 | 04:18PM
pizza wrote:
I still wonder if Stangel knew the Nguyen daughter who witnessed the murder.
on May 16,2013 | 03:08PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Probably not, too young for him.
on May 16,2013 | 04:27PM
bluebowl wrote:
I bet he did because the first cop on the scene was Officer C. Thornstadt.
on May 18,2013 | 10:19AM
rayhawaii wrote:
Too much TV and video games.
on May 16,2013 | 03:15PM
tonosama wrote:
An-mous second comment on the manini jury should have blasted them for their meek decision. Were they furnished crying towels by the defense? Looking forward for the sentencing.
on May 16,2013 | 05:49PM
50skane wrote:
Sometimes these defense attorneys grasp at anything crazy to try and get their client off the hook..especially when the guy is out and out guilty..wait for the appeal based on the judge refusing to let the defense use the mentally unstable angle because of the prior drug use..the judge was right though, Hawaii law doesn't let someone off the hook just because they were drunk or drugged or brain damaged because of prior use.
on May 16,2013 | 07:55PM
cartwright wrote:
The person who sold him the drugs he was on should get life as well.
on May 16,2013 | 08:01PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
It is disgusting and unacceptable that a cop acted as his spokesperson just after he was arrested. The department really needs to distance themselves from that employee...
on May 16,2013 | 08:57PM
BRock wrote:
Nobody in the police department acted as Stengal's spokesperson after he was arrested. And even if somebody in the department did, what is it to you? For you information, dufuss, it was a retired officer who had been retired for several years and was a friend of the family that acted as a spokesperson for the out of town family. Obviously, your perception is quite skewed.
on May 16,2013 | 09:43PM
royboy88 wrote:
on May 16,2013 | 09:20PM
sailfish1 wrote:
If he doesn't get life without parole, the judge, jury, and the entire Hawaii criminal justice system needs to be fixed.
on May 16,2013 | 09:36PM
hikine wrote:
"The defense argued that the state failed to prove that Stangel intended to kill anyone and said he was guilty of the lesser offense of reckless endangering." The most inane statement I've read. If you aim a gun and shoot common sense tells you intended to kill.
on May 17,2013 | 01:21AM
LeeFamily wrote:
A pastor's son, with prior criminal background, gets a gun and goes on shooting rampage. Is he's going to end up serving few years and get out on good behavior? This begs the question of, how did this criminal obtain a gun in the first place?
on May 19,2013 | 07:08AM
bluebowl wrote:
Probably on the NorthShore,Haleiwa. Not sure when change of address to Wahiawa happened .
on May 20,2013 | 04:50PM
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