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Saturday, July 7, 2012 - Page updated at 04:00 p.m.
Man tied to car-show shootout sentenced to year in prison
By Christine Clarridge
Seattle Times staff reporter
A 30-year-old Tacoma man who was convicted of threatening to hide evidence from police after a shootout that left 12 people injured at a car show in Kent last summer was sentenced Friday to one year in jail.
Patrick Auble represented himself during his jury trial and was convicted in May of first-degree rendering criminal assistance. He is filing an appeal and declined to speak at the sentencing hearing before King County Superior Court Judge James Cayce at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.
Auble was also ordered to pay $1,200 in restitution but will be eligible for work release, the judge ruled.
Auble was not at the car show and did not participate in the July 23 shootings, according to police. However, he inserted himself into the fray, according to court documents, when he called police to offer evidence and information about the shootings in exchange for the release of his younger brother.
His brother, Shea Auble, 22, was in jail at the time on warrants unrelated to the shooting.
Patrick Auble was at a party hours after the shooting along with several suspects, prosecutors contended. He helped the suspects hide handguns and cars, according to the charges.
Auble insisted that he had simply tried to use information he learned to leverage a release for his brother.
Shea Auble was also charged with rendering criminal assistance in connection with the car-show shooting. He pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing, according to court documents.
In all, seven people were charged in connection with the shooting at an unauthorized lowrider car show at La Plaza shopping center in the 23200 block of Pacific Highway South that drew several hundred people.
Kent police said the shootout began when a performing rapper called on people in the crowd to show their "flags" or gang sign affiliations. Police said witnesses told them that the gang signs prompted dirty looks and then physical confrontations before the shots rang out and people dropped to the ground.
The suspects are alleged to be members of the Playboy-Sureños, and police and prosecutors say that seven of the 12 injured in the parking lot were members of rival gangs.
A 13th victim, a member of the Playboy-Sureños, was shot and injured later that day, charging documents say.
Although all of the suspects fled after the shooting, police said, their distinctive vehicles and vanity license plates were caught on surveillance video and helped lead to their capture.
The shooting sparked fears of an all-out gang war, or at least an escalation of gang violence. King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg called it a "wake-up call to a lot of people."
King County Executive Dow Constantine earmarked $1.4 million from a law-enforcement-emergency fund to reopen a small sheriff's department storefront in White Center, and to pay for three prosecutors and a paralegal dedicated to building cases against suspected gang members.
Christine Clarridge: 206-464-8983 or email@example.com.
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