A 4th District judge Friday rejected a defense motion for leniency in sentencing a Provo man for the murder of a bar bouncer and imposed the maximum penalty allowed by law.
Ranala Mane, convicted last month of second-degree murder in the death of Silver Spur bouncer Michael Brown last Dec. 20, was sentenced to five years to life, plus one to five years for use of a firearm in the shooting. Mane, 27, was convicted of shooting Brown in the face with a .45-caliber pistol following an argument at the bar.In addition, Mane was sentenced to one to 15 years, plus one to five years for use of a firearm, for attempted second-degree murder; and to two terms of zero to five years on convictions of two counts of aggravated assault. Park ordered that the sentences run consecutively, not concurrently.
The sentences mean Mane will spend a minimum of eight years in prison, but more likely will spend from 15 to 25 years there, attorneys said following sentencing. County Attorney Steve Killpack pledged to do all he can to see that Mane spends the rest of his life in prison, while defense attorney Stott Harston said he will appeal the sentences.
If and when Mane, a Samoan national, is released from prison, he will be deported to Samoa.
"I feel a little better about the judicial system," said Brown's sister, Debbie Lutz. She had previously expressed disappointment that Mane wasn't convicted of capital homicide and would eventually get out of prison.
"I think it's time we put it behind us now," Lutz said.
Harston tried to convince Park that Mane's crime fell under the "single criminal episode" statute, and asked the judge not to impose the maximum sentence. "We have no choice but to appeal" the sentence, Harston said.
Killpack said he is pleased with the sentence, adding that Mane was convicted on four separate counts requiring four separate sentences.
"It's our position that the single criminal episode statute only requires us to bring all charges in one action," he said. Killpack predicted Mane will spend at least 25 years in prison.
"But I expect it to be more, much more. And I intend to do all I can to see that he spends his life in prison."
A second defendant in the shooting, Lene Malea Tauiliili, will be sentenced April 29. Tauiliili pleaded no contest to manslaughter April 1 and faces a maximum prison sentence of one to 15 years.
A third defendant, Savelio Fuga, pleaded guilty in January to attempted second-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault. His sentencing date will be set following Tauiliili's sentencing.