Celebrity chef Guy Fieri's $200,000 yellow convertible Lamborghini was stolen in 2011. The sports car was taken from a shop in San Francisco by a thief who broke into the dealership by rappelling down a window. However, the car wasn't found until a year later when police were investigating an attempted murder, drive-by shooting that brought them to a storage locker that belonged to a suspect named Max Wade.
On Thursday Wade, 19, was sentenced for attempted murder, car theft and a list of other crimes. Even though Wade was under 18 when he committed the crimes, he was treated by the court as an adult and received a sentence of life in prison.
Wade could possibly be granted parole in about 18 years, however, the young man must also serve 21 years and four months in prison for a separate crime. Whether or not Wade ever walks the earth as a free man again will ultimately be determined by the Board of Parole Hearings.
Wade's attempted murder sentence stems from an incident that took place on April 13, 2012. Wade fired shots into a truck carrying two passengers named Landon Wahstrom and Eva Dedier, neither passenger was hurt. During the trial, the prosecution painted the picture that Wade was jealous of Wahstrom's relationship with Dedier.
Judge Kelly Vieira explained her reasoning for handing down the maximum sentence. "I feel that Ms. Dedier and Mr. Wahlstrom are two of the luckiest people on Earth. I cannot believe they are alive. It is not Mr. Wade's fault that they are alive. He thought about the crime for months. He planned the attack carefully. That's kind of scary to see how much work Mr. Wade put into these crimes."
One of the police who helped bring Wade to justice, Detective Greg Garrett, agreed with the judge's assessment. "He's an extremely rare type of criminal. To see someone so young being seemingly untouched by what he has done is unusual."
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Guy Fieri is known for his gig as host of the popular Food Network television program Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. The bottle-blonde, pointy-haired host travels across the country sampling food from funky joints that are known for their scratch-made specialties and "out of bounds" cuisine.
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