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Gang member who fled court before shooting conviction heads to prison for 71 years

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A Wichita gang member who fled to Oklahoma before a jury found him guilty of attempted murder will be headed to a Kansas prison for 71 years.

Tremain Shears, 31, of Wichita, was sentenced to 852 months in prison, District Attorney Marc Bennett said in a news release. Shears was found guilty in July of nine felonies, including attempted first-degree murder.

The conviction stems from three 2016 cases where Shears shot at another man, Bennett said. The other man was wounded three times in his legs.

In one of the shootings, the man had been outside his grandmother’s home when Shears drove by and fired several bullets at the house, prosecutors said. In another, he ran up to him and shot him 12 times with a gun, court documents stated. Shears’ motive for the attacks was not released in court.

Shears had a week-long jury trial in July 2018. On the last day of the trial, he went to Premier Monitoring Solutions, where he had his GPS ankle monitor removed, The Eagle previously reported.

After Shears failed to appear in court, the jury found him guilty of two counts of attempted first-degree murder and seven other counts — including aggravated battery, criminal discharge of a weapon and criminal possession of a weapon by a convicted felon — court documents show.

A warrant for his arrest with a $1 million bond was issued. Wichita police described Shears as an “absconded dangerous felon” and documented gang member who should be considered armed and dangerous. He was arrested by U.S. marshals in Oklahoma City a few days later.

Shears was previously convicted of aggravated robbery in 2007 in Sedgwick County, Kansas Department of Corrections records show.

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