A 43-year-old man was sentenced to 21 years in state prison on Thursday for a 2013 armed carjacking and police pursuit in Long Beach.
Robert Charles Maalea pleaded no contest in an open plea to the court—meaning no sentence was negotiated with the district attorney’s office—on April 5 to four counts including carjacking, evading an officer/willful disregard, possessing a firearm with a prior violent conviction, as well as possessing an assault weapon.
Co-defendant and Maalea’s half-brother Alexander Russell Smith, 25, pleaded no contest to possessing an assault weapon. He was sentenced July 24, 2014 to three years in summary probation.
On December 30, 2013, authorities said Maalea armed himself with an AR-15 assault rifle and stole a vehicle in Long Beach before police were called and found the defendant.
“However, Maalea led them on a chase and eventually crashed the vehicle,” prosecutors said. “The defendant was subsequently apprehended by authorities and taken into custody.”
During the investigation, Long Beach police discovered that Smith owned the assault rifle, according to prosecutors.