Until the inevitable film adaptation, the story of Marin teen criminal Max Wade has come to a close (and we're thinking Justin Bieber has the real life experience to take on the role?). Wade was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday in a Marin County courthouse, plus an enhancement of 21 years and four months for his premeditation and use of a firearm. Wade is expected to be eligible for parole as early as 17 years from now, in 2031.
Betraying no emotion, Wade thanked the judge for giving him what Wade called a fair trial. As we detailed, Wade, a low level dealer of fake IDs to his fellow high school students, engaged in a remarkable crime spree. He was convicted of charges stemming from the theft of celebrity chef Guy Fieri's yellow Lamborghini from a San Francisco dealership and of attempted murder for shooting into a truck occupied by two North Bay youths. The jury rejected two of the charges against Wade.
The car was stolen in a daring caper in which Wade rappelled down from the roof of the building and made off with the $200,000 car. During the trial, text messages from him were introduced that read, it "doesn't get any better than boosting a lambo and picking up chicks at 17." Wade had been romantically pursuing the young woman he shot at, who had told him that she wasn't interested prior to the attempted murder.
His lawyer has already said that there are plans for an appeal on the grounds that Wade, a juvenile at the time of the crimes, was tried as an adult. Wade's mother, Leylla Wade said after the sentencing, "It's not over."