Tongan gang member could serve 40 years for double killing in US

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US authority said Nitokalisi Niki Fonua, 33, could serve 40 years for fatally shooting a woman who slept on a couch and a man in a garage in Salt Lake City.

Fonua was sentenced to 20 years for the 2009 fatal shooting of 21-year-old Krystal Flores and another 20 years for shooting dead of the 34-year-old Vilami Latu, in the garage in 2007.

The court was told Fonua shot Flores after he and others entered the wrong home when they sought revenge on rival gang members.

His accomplices were Alexander Bloomfield, 35, and Pailate K. Lomu, 26, and George Blake Angilau, 25.

Bloomfield and Lomu  are scheduled for trials later this year while no court dates are currently set for Angilau.

In June 2007 Fonua shot Latu after he entered the residence, near 1800 West and 630 North, to collect on a debt, the court was told.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Fonua pleaded guilty to both killings on April 6.

“At his sentencing, Fonua expressed his remorse and regret and apologized to the victims’ families and to his own family.

Latu’s mother, Mete Latu, said that she forgives Fonua. Latu’s daughter, Arianna Akauloa, asked for leniency, “because there’s been enough pain and heartache to go around.””

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  1. @copyright - Tapu ke hiki tatau ʻa e ongoongoni ni ʻo pulusi ʻi ha feituʻu kehe

    Kuo pehē ʻe he kau maʻu mafai ʻAmeliká ʻe malava ke ngāueʻi ʻe Nitokalisi Niki Fonua taʻu 33 ʻa e taʻu ʻe 40 ki hono fana tamateʻi ʻo ha fefine lolotonga ʻene mohe ʻi ha kausa ʻi Salt Lake City.

    Naʻe tautea ʻa Fonua ki he taʻu ʻe 20 ki hono fanaʻi tamateʻi ʻo Krystal Flores taʻu 21 he 2009 pea mo ha toe taʻu ʻe 20 ki hono fanaʻi o mate ʻa Viliami Lātū taʻu 34 ʻi ha falekā ʻi he 2007.

    Naʻe fakahā ki he fakamaauʻangá ko e ʻapi hala ne hū atu ki ai ʻa Fonua mo ʻene kau kengí ʻo iku fanaʻi ai ʻa Flores. Ko ʻenau ō atu ʻeni ke kumi ha kau kengi ke sauniʻi.

    Naʻe fanaʻi leva ʻe Fonua ʻa Lātū ʻi he 2007 ʻo pehē naʻe tupu mei heʻene ʻalu ki ai ke tānaki moʻua.
    Ko e kau kengi ʻa Fonuá ko Alexander Bloomfield, 35, Pailate K. Lomu, 26, mo George Blake Angilau, 25.

    Ko Bloomfield mo Lomu ʻoku teu ʻena hopó ki he konga mui ʻo e taʻu ní ka ko Angilau ʻoku teʻeki fakaʻaho haʻaná hopo.