Max Wade’s career as a budding supervillain was put on indefinite hold today when the teenager was sentenced to life in prison in a Marin County courthouse. Now 19, Wade was 16 when he rappelled into a San Francisco car dealership and drove off in Guy Fieri’s Lamborghini, and 17 when he shot up a classmate’s car and rode off on a motorcycle. He was charged as an adult.
Max Wade, the Marin County teenager convicted of a string of crimes that included a drive-by shooting and theft of a celebrity’s $200,000 car, was sentenced to life in prison plus 21 years, four months with the possibility of parole Thursday in Marin Superior Court.
So life, plus 21 years, WITH the possibility of parole. So he’s so dangerous that he’ll be in jail until he’s dead, plus another 21 years, unless we decide to let him out early. I feel like this sentence is some kind of zen riddle.
UPDATE: The original version of this story was slightly off – Wade was sentenced to 21 years and four months to life, not life plus 21.
The shooting occurred on April 13, 2012, in Mill Valley. Wade was convicted of firing a gun at a truck occupied by Landon Wahlstrom, 18, and his girlfriend Eva Dedier, 17, of San Rafael.
Well, I can’t say that he wasn’t dangerous, but damned if I didn’t enjoy reading about him. When I was 16, the most elaborate thing I planned was how to avoid public showers.
Here’s Wade’s lawyer, Charles Dresow, explaining the sentence – saying there was a “20 year enhancement” for discharging a firearm during the commission of a felony, plus an additional 16 months for car theft. He estimates Wade will serve 15 to 18 years, meaning he’ll be out when he’s in his mid-30s. Seems like a fair sentence, actually. Meanwhile, Guy Fieri walks free, over pronouncing his adopted ethnic last name even though his real one’s “Ferry.” No justice, no peace.