Gang Members Sentenced for Crime Spree Ending in Murder
DATE: August 27, 2018
CASE: Tevita Kaihea & Charlie Hola (Case #15F07862)
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Jeff Hightower, Homicide Unit
The Honorable Maryanne Gilliard sentenced Tevita Kaihea to 112 years to life in prison. Charlie Hola was previously sentenced to 48 years and 8 months to life in prison on June 22, 2018. On April 18, 2018, a jury convicted Kaihea of the first-degree murder of Roman Gonzalez, attempted murder, two counts of robbery, vehicle theft and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Hola was convicted of the second-degree murder of Roman Gonzalez, two counts of robbery, vehicle theft and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The jury also found true multiple firearm allegations and gang enhancements for both defendants.
Tevita Kaihea and Charlie Hola are members of the Tongan Crip criminal street gang. On September 3, 2015, Kaihea and Hola stole a car from the 47th Avenue Light Rail Station. They drove the stolen car to a Church’s Chicken on Florin Road, where they committed an armed robbery. They then shot a south Sacramento resident in the face when the resident noticed the two acting suspiciously in the neighborhood. That victim survived the shooting. After dumping the car near Sacramento City College, Kaihea and Hola got into a gang fight ending in the shooting death of Norteno gang member Roman Gonzalez. Kaihea shot and killed Roman Gonzalez on the Sacramento City College campus.