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Stangel sentenced to 3 life terms for murder, shooting spree

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:05 a.m. HST, Aug 14, 2013

A state judge sentenced freeway shooter Toby Stangel this morning to three consecutive life prison terms with the possibility for parole for the murder of one motorist and attempted murders of two others.

Circuit Judge Glenn Kim also imposed mandatory minimum 20-year terms for each murder and attempted murder conviction because Stangel used a semi-automatic firearm to commit the crimes. The Hawaii Paroling Authority can set higher minimums.

Stangel’s parents had asked Kim to impose a sentence that would give their son hope.

Kim said he was compelled to impose the life prison terms back-to-back for the protection of the public. He said what Stangel did on June 3, 2011 was senseless and depraved, turning the public roadways of Oahu into killing zones. 

Stangel, 30, said he thought his life was in jeopardy and believed he was acting in self-defense when he killed 54-year-old Tammy Nguyen of Palolo, shot at three other motorists, injuring two of them, and shot at two Honolulu police officers at a traffic stop. 

His lawyer John Schum said Stangel was paranoid because he had been abusing drugs.

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tiki886 wrote:
Hooray! We finally have a "Hanging Judge" in town.
on August 14,2013 | 10:15AM
cojef wrote:
Not quite there yet, but getting there. Three consecutive life prison terms with the possibility of parole, with a mandatory minimum of 20 year terms for each murder and attempted murder conviction because firearms was used.
on August 14,2013 | 10:31AM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
How do you get 3 life terms and still have a chance of getting out? Hawaii needs the death penalty.
on August 14,2013 | 10:36AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
I hate to be the one to invoke math, but he won't be eligible for release until he's 90. Take it easy.
on August 14,2013 | 01:11PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
dontbelieveinmyths, apparently you don't get it. Judge Kim's sentence means after Stangel serves the 20 yr. minimum of his 1st life term, he must serve 20 yrs of his 2nd life term, then 20 yrs of his 3rd life term before he is eligible for parole. This means Stangel must serve 60 yrs straight before he can be considered for parole. Since Stangel is 30 yrs old, he will be 90 yrs old before he can be considered for parole. In other words, Judge Kim gave Stangel a sentence that pretty much guarantees that Stangel will die in prison, unless there is some remarkable medical break through that extends everyone's life greatly..
on August 14,2013 | 02:31PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
In reality, it's the parole authority that decides how many years he must serve period. The judge's sentence means little.
on August 14,2013 | 04:10PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
Holy smokes, read the article before you comment:

Circuit Judge Glenn Kim also imposed mandatory minimum 20-year terms for each murder and attempted murder conviction because Stangel used a semi-automatic firearm to commit the crimes. The Hawaii Paroling Authority can set higher minimums.

on August 14,2013 | 04:36PM
allie wrote:
He can still get out on parole. But yes, it is good to see, finally, some effort in our silly courts to protect the public. This guy is a murderer.
on August 14,2013 | 11:36AM
808Warriors wrote:
No he cannot. It is a misnomer based on the sentencing from the court. Multiple sentences are either concurrent or consecutive. Concurrent means that for every day you serve you are given credit for each offense. Consecutive, as in this case, means that he would have to serve 60 years before he is even eligible for parole. Even then, the HPA is authorized to set an even higher minimum sentence and cannot reduce the court's sentence. For all practical purposes, by the time that happens, he would either be dead or in his 80s or 90s. In essence, it is a life sentence without parole. If the court's sentence was concurrent, then he would be eligible for parole after 20 years, subject to the minimum set by the HPA. Allie - you really should be more informed before you post.
on August 14,2013 | 01:27PM
honopic wrote:
Good research and report 808Warriors. That's how I read it, too. Stangel is in for life, which is the way it should be for someone who murders, whether he knew the victim or not, drugs or no drugs. Take a life, forfeit your own life. As for Allie becoming more informed -- good luck with that. Perhaps after 3 consecutive life sentences.....
on August 14,2013 | 03:27PM
808Warriors wrote:
Thanks. He got what he deserved.
on August 14,2013 | 08:47PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
Allie, as usual your ignorant comments only confuse the issue. Read my comment and GooglyMoogly's comment. Apparently despite your claim to be college educated, you can't even do 6th grade arithmetic. Sorry GoolyMooly, arithmetic, not math, even simple algebra is involved in Judge Kim's sentence.
on August 14,2013 | 02:35PM
honopic wrote:
ELB - Right on the kinipopo. Allie confuses at best, irritates at worst. How many more years will she claim to be "studying" at UH?
on August 14,2013 | 03:31PM
shanik wrote:
yah when hes 90 years old...
on August 14,2013 | 03:27PM
kalai wrote:
allie, our courts? Since when are you from here?
on August 14,2013 | 03:39PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Agree totally. Punishment MUST fit the crime. I imagine with 3 consecutive life terms, his mandatory minimum will be quite lengthy. Wish we had more Judge Kims.
on August 14,2013 | 01:06PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
Tiki886, I disagree with you that Judge Glenn Kim is a "hanging" judge. Judge Kim did what was logical and reasonable, not irrational and blood thirsty. Judge Kim simply saw that the public had a right to ride on the roads of Oahu free from the fear that a drug crazed mad dog killer like Stangel would pull up next to their cars and kill them. By imposing a sentence that will make sure that Stangel cannot be considered for parole until he is 90 yrs. old, Judge Kim made sure that mad dog Stangel would be too old to do anyone harm if and when he is paroled.
on August 14,2013 | 02:09PM
soundofreason wrote:
Just need to drag judge Perkins into a real courtroom so he can see how it's done.
on August 14,2013 | 07:22PM
SueH wrote:
"His lawyer John Schum said Stangel was paranoid because he had been abusing drugs." That's it?? That's his defense?? Oh, for sure, then that makes it all right. NOT! His lawyer should serve the sentence with him for being so stupid and arrogant as to submit a statement like that as a defense.
on August 14,2013 | 10:21AM
TigerEye wrote:
You can think of a better defense? We're all ears. Of course, then you'd be complaining that he Stangel doesn't deserve a good defense. Then, you'd go off on your list of rights that people don't deserve based on what you can see from the parts of SA articles that you actually read. All of this without even thinking about what life might be like in a country in which your sense of "justice" was actually put into practice.
on August 14,2013 | 11:05AM
SueH wrote:
Wow, hit a nerve of yours, did I??
on August 14,2013 | 11:08AM
ellinaskyrt wrote:
I agree wholeheartedly with TigerEye. No matter how despicable a crime, it is the right of every person in this nation to have an attorney defend him/her vigorously. That's one right that sets the US apart from other nations--the presumption of innocence til proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in criminal cases. It's just that in Stangel's case, a good defense is impossible. His attorney did the best he could based on the circumstances. Surely, as a a patriot and a lover of freedom and true justice, you agree without hesitation about the principle of "innocent until proven guilty," SueH.
on August 14,2013 | 11:44AM
SueH wrote:
My point was that Stengel should have simply taken responsibility for his actions and pleaded guilty. He took it upon himself to abuse drugs, so he should face the consequences, even as "guilty by reason of insanity". He was a known paranoid schizophrenic, and should have sought help for the condition before he killed someone, not hide behind it as an excuse after the fact. It is not a question of "innocent until proven guilty" here: it is indisputable that he shot people, killing Nguyen and wounding others. You're right to say in Stengel's case a good defense is impossible, because he HAS NO legitimate defense. For his lawyer to say "the drugs made him do it" is no excuse, it's just trying to get his client off on a technicality. And that's basically what's wrong with society today: too many people are screwing up, then trying to "get off on a technicality", or calling "Time out!". Get Out Of Jail Free Cards are only good in the Monopoly game.
on August 14,2013 | 12:15PM
stingray65 wrote:
Sue, the best for him was killing himselp!! Then that is a good reason for insanity!! End of the story..
on August 14,2013 | 01:27PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
No need to presume innocence in this case, he admitted it from the beginning. The only question was why he did it.
on August 14,2013 | 04:17PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
I assumed he was going to make an "innocent due to insanity" defense. It's not the sort of thing sane people do under any circumstances.
on August 14,2013 | 04:15PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Using a defense of "the drugs made him do it", is not a reason but an excuse that doesn't hold water. Hope more judges understand this when sentencing criminals.
on August 14,2013 | 01:07PM
honopic wrote:
SueH - his lawyer had to be desperate, knowing he didn't have a leg to stand on in this case, unless he pleaded insanity. I don't recall that ever being brought up. But cut him some slack. He was stuck with a murderer who should have just pled "guilty" and taken his punisment. Plus, he's a lawyer whose name is one letter removed from being.... (I know you all can spell.)
on August 14,2013 | 03:35PM
Shh wrote:
Now if he was a drunken Agent he would of got away with it but he wasn't so he gets what he deserves.
on August 14,2013 | 10:22AM
scooters wrote:
That's BS Shh and you know it. Shame on you...
on August 14,2013 | 10:49AM
Mei mei wrote:
ridiculous comment >> this person was clearly a psychopath - it is unfortunate we don't have a death sentence here... now tax payers have to provide for this degenerate to live .
on August 14,2013 | 11:57AM
false wrote:
Agreed. Capital punishment is befitting of a capital crime, as this scum perpetrated.
on August 14,2013 | 03:31PM
tiki886 wrote:
Hawaii kills dozens, if not hundreds of unborn, why not people who really deserve it?
on August 14,2013 | 04:01PM
honopic wrote:
Mei mei - if he was clearly a psychopath, what good would having the death sentence be? We don't execute insane people. 3 consecutive life terms will give him over 21,000 days to pay for his crimes. The "possibilty of parole" will give him hope, which is a dangerous thing where he's going. Either way, he'll end up insane or die in prison. What more do you want?
on August 14,2013 | 04:03PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
Shh, Deedy hasn't gotten gotten away with it yet. Let's hope that the jury sees through Deedy's lies and sees that he was wrong from the get go when he took his gun with him when he went drinking which was a clear violation of his standing orders. Let's also hope that Judge Ahn has the guts to do what Judge Kim did and put Deedy away with a 60 yr. minimum sentence so that he can't hurt anyone again.
on August 14,2013 | 08:54PM
BigOpu wrote:
No Parole would've been better. This should've been the accident at the courthouse where the Sheriff's van backed over him by mistake...three times.
on August 14,2013 | 10:47AM
Sunny wrote:
I thought a conviction for attempted murder of a police officer carried a mandatory life term without parole.
on August 14,2013 | 11:18AM
jess wrote:
I don't think that was one of the charges, I may be incorrect though. But yes, attempted murder of an HPD officer is a life sentence without parole if convicted.
on August 14,2013 | 01:01PM
usc wrote:
on August 14,2013 | 10:48AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I hope he enjoys his second life sentence ore than his first.
on August 14,2013 | 10:50AM
allie wrote:
He willc laim he needs out due to his drug needs. Courts might forgive him later. Lot of people out there are on drugs and are unstyeady.
on August 14,2013 | 11:37AM
honopic wrote:
Kinda like the way you type, huh, allie? "willc laim" and "unstyeady" don't appear in any dictionary I know. Don't you ever tire of being wrong? Of course, if anyone expected better from you, they would have to be tested for drugs. Sierra Tango Foxtrot Uniform.
on August 14,2013 | 03:45PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
time to go back to the reservation where everything is sunshine and roses.
on August 14,2013 | 04:21PM
Wage Earner wrote:
Aloha means goodbye!
on August 14,2013 | 10:51AM
Jonas wrote:
Not harsh enough. Should be mandatory 20 year term, no parole, then two more consecutive terms with possible parole. Watch him get off in 5 years with good behavior.
on August 14,2013 | 11:09AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
It's life with a 20 year minimum AND the parole authority can elect to increase that minimum if they see fit. So there's your 20 year mandatory sentence...except that there are TWO more prison terms just like it waiting for him after he finishes the first.
on August 14,2013 | 01:16PM
808Warriors wrote:
Finally, someone on here that understands the law. Thank you GooglyMoogly!!
on August 14,2013 | 01:37PM
808Warriors wrote:
He cannot be eligible for parole for 60 years. That's what a consecutive sentence means. He was essentially sentenced to life without parole. No amount of good behavior can change that.
on August 14,2013 | 01:32PM
browniegirl wrote:
What? The drunk-no-count defense didn't work? And yet it's still such a favorite choice.
on August 14,2013 | 11:14AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Thank You Judge Kim!
on August 14,2013 | 12:03PM
loquaciousone wrote:
After he serves his first life sentence, then what? After he serves his second life sentence, then what? After he serves his third life sentence, will they let him go?
on August 14,2013 | 12:07PM
kgolfinghawaii wrote:
I don't know what the minimums are for a possibility of parole, but let's say it is half time, so 10 years. That means he could be out in 30 years possibly. If it is more then more time, if parole is less then less time. Then again the parole board can make the minimums longer according to the article. At least the judge made them consecutive and not concurrent.
on August 14,2013 | 01:07PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
"Circuit Judge Glenn Kim also imposed mandatory minimum 20-year terms for each murder and attempted murder conviction"
on August 14,2013 | 01:17PM
808Warriors wrote:
No, if the judge set the minimums for each case, then he MUST serve 60 years before being eligible for parole unless the Hawaii Paroling Authority sets an even higher minimum sentence but HPA cannot go lower then what the court has already sentenced.
on August 14,2013 | 01:34PM
808Warriors wrote:
You cannot reduce a minimum sentence, that's why they call it a "minimum" as that's the minimum amount of time that MUST be served before someone is eligible for parole.
on August 14,2013 | 01:39PM
ippikiokami wrote:
20 20 20 = 60 years minimum sentence, and the parole board may increase the minimum to higher than 20 years on each count. If he was 28 years old when the crime was committed and held in jail until now, the earliest he will be eligible for parole will be 88 years old. Chances are that he will never be a free man ever.
on August 14,2013 | 01:45PM
808Warriors wrote:
on August 14,2013 | 02:28PM
808Warriors wrote:
Sorry, meant Exactly!! not actually, gotta stop hitting send so fast.
on August 14,2013 | 02:28PM
stingray65 wrote:
Too bad we do not have death penalty in Hawaii..Or firing squad!! I will volunteer to shoot free of charge!! In China, they will bill the family for the price of the bullet after the firing squad...
on August 14,2013 | 01:19PM
sloturle wrote:
what type of drugs was he on?
on August 14,2013 | 01:20PM
loquaciousone wrote:
on August 14,2013 | 02:46PM
honopic wrote:
Nope. They're CVS now.
on August 14,2013 | 03:55PM
IAmSane wrote:
on August 14,2013 | 04:50PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Again I think that it was extremely inappropriate for a cop to have spoken on behalf of this evil person and his family. Cops need to distance themselves from criminals. If they are unable to do that then they need to be removed from the force...
on August 14,2013 | 02:56PM
Bdpapa wrote:
I didn't see that in the article. It is inappropriate.
on August 14,2013 | 04:11PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
It wasn't in this article - it appeared in an article immediately following the arrest of this nut. Funny how the cop was the official spokesperson for this evil individual and his family then stops as soon as it becomes clear Stengel is a warped genetic mutation...
on August 14,2013 | 04:30PM
uni2012 wrote:
I remember that! He thought he had the power and influence but it smacked him in the face!
on August 16,2013 | 12:07PM
sak wrote:
He will now be paranoid for a real reason now, without the excuse of use of drugs, and have many new boyfriends.
on August 14,2013 | 03:00PM
Mei mei wrote:
& he thought he was paranoid before ...
on August 14,2013 | 03:48PM
Skyler wrote:
Ohhhh yeah.
on August 14,2013 | 07:02PM
Mythman wrote:
Too bad he didn't shoot himself....
on August 14,2013 | 03:43PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
That's how they knew he wasn't really insane, the nut jobs usually off themselves after committing such crimes.
on August 14,2013 | 04:23PM
BKauai wrote:
I think he threw a ballistic temper tantrum over a spat with his girlfriend, heightened by meth. He's a product of too much freedom and no discipline. What his parents ask as "hope" the public considers "fear". This act was so heinous that Stangel should never ever be free again. Sad story, his parents are too kind.
on August 14,2013 | 04:50PM
WesleySMori wrote:
on August 14,2013 | 07:44PM
ResponsibleCitizen wrote:
Why waste 60 years worth of tax payer dollars feeding, clothing, and protecting this piece of garbage?
on August 15,2013 | 03:44AM
uni2012 wrote:
Hawaii needs more judge like Judge Glenn Kim! That trash already had many chances and should not have gotten out the first time he was in jail.
on August 16,2013 | 11:50AM
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