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Teenager gets 20-year term for string of violent crimes


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POSTED: Tuesday, December 01, 2009

A state judge sentenced a teenager to 20 years in prison yesterday for a string of violent crimes.

Shaw Awber, 19, who police say is the leader of a gang, pleaded guilty to crimes stemming from a freeway shooting last year as well as baseball bat and golf club assaults on members of a rival gang.

In a deal with prosecutors, Awber pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted first-degree assault rather than attempted second-degree murder and related firearm charges for firing a gun at a pickup truck full of teenage girls on the H-1 freeway on June 29, 2008. The state also agreed to drop an attempted first-degree murder charge.

Ten rounds hit the truck. No one was injured.

Awber also pleaded guilty to hitting a man in the head with a baseball bat on May 1, 2008, and attacking two other males with a baseball bat Dec. 3, 2007. He later attacked the same two males with a golf club and stabbed one with the shaft after the club head broke off.

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Police say Awber is leader of the Outlaws. He was 17 years old when he committed his crimes. However, a state Family Court judge waived jurisdiction, allowing prosecutors to charge him as an adult.

A member of the gang, Nicholas Nichols, 19, is serving a 30-year state prison term for shooting and permanently paralyzing a man in an Aug. 11, 2008, home invasion robbery and for his participation in the Dec. 3, 2007, assaults with Awber.

Police said another member of the Outlaws paralyzed a 16-year-old boy in another freeway shooting last year.

Joshua Gonda, 20, is awaiting trial in state court for attempted first- and second-degree murder in connection with a July 9 shooting on Moanalua Freeway. Prosecutors said Gonda fired six shots from a revolver at the car of a rival gang member.

Nichols was the driver in both freeway shootings, police said.

The Moanalua Freeway shooting happened when Gonda was on pretrial release for a federal drug case. A federal judge sentenced him in February to a year and a day in prison for selling methamphetamine near an elementary school in Kalihi.