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Sentencing continued for man charged in gang-related car-show shooting on Kent's West Hill

Patrick Auble talks to reporters in September outside a courtroom at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. - Kent Reporter, file photo
Patrick Auble talks to reporters in September outside a courtroom at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.
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Sentencing for a Tacoma man charged in connection with a gang-related, car-show shooting last July on Kent's West Hill has been continued to next month.

Patrick Anthony Auble, 30, is scheduled to receive a sentence at 8:30 a.m. June 15 before King County Superior Court Judge James Cayce at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center, courtroom 3F, Kent.

A jury convicted Auble May 2 of first-degree rendering criminal assistance, the same charge sought by prosecutors. The sentencing range is six to 12 months, and prosecutors are recommending to the judge 12 months.

Six other men charged in connection with the shooting have not yet received trial dates.

Prosecutors charged Auble with rendering criminal assistance for helping to hide a vehicle or gun connected with the shooting at the La Plaza strip mall, 23311 Pacific Highway S. He was arrested Sept. 14 with bail set at $100,000. Auble posted bail the next day and was released.

Auble told reporters after he plead not guilty in September that he had no gang ties.

Shea C. Auble, 21, of Auburn, and the brother of Patrick Auble, also is charged with rendering criminal assistance for helping to hide a vehicle or gun connected with the shooting.

Twelve people were injured at the lowrider car show attended by about 250 people. Another person was injured later that night in a retaliatory shooting at a Kent East Hill apartment. Of the 13 victims, seven were gang members, according to Kent Police.

None of the injuries were life threatening.

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