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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, January 9, 2006

Man, 76, charged in attempted murder

By Rod Ohira
Advertiser Staff Writer

A 76-year-old man once described by prosecutors as having a "rather impressive criminal history going back as far as 1947" has been charged with attempted second-degree murder in connection with a Dec. 29 shooting at Tracks Beach Park in Nanakuli.

Glenn J. "Lionel" Sequin Sr. was also charged Friday with several firearms offenses, including being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to police and prosecutors. He is scheduled to appear today at District Court and is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

The attempted-murder charge stems from the shooting of a 30-year-old woman, who was treated at The Queen's Medical Center for a wound to the shoulder.

Sequin, who law enforcement officials identified in the 1990s as an associate of the late crime figure Charles Stevens, has a history of drug and firearm convictions.

In November 1992, Sequin pleaded guilty to manslaughter, drug offenses related to dealing crystal methamphetamine, and firearm offenses. Before the plea agreement, he was given an extended 10-year sentence by Circuit Judge Steven Levinson for trafficking heroin and cocaine.

During sentencing, Levinson described Sequin's drug dealing as "predatory" and said that he showed a "callous disrespect" for society.

The manslaughter plea was for the February 1990 death of Leo Tuaoa of 'Ewa Beach.

Tuaoa was shot with various guns at Sequin's Makaha home. His body was wrapped in a carpet and tarp and placed in the trunk of his car, which was set afire on a back road in Makaha. Tuaoa's killing reportedly was tied to a dispute over control of drug operations on the Wai'anae Coast, Waipahu and 'Ewa Beach.

Police charged Sequin with second-degree murder, but while he was free on bail, deputy prosecuting attorney Gary Modafferi reported that two key prosecution witnesses became unavailable. William K.F. "Billy" Lau was accidentally crushed to death while doing repair work under a vehicle in Sequin's driveway, and Glynn Gotcher "disappeared," Modafferi said.

Sequin served 11 years in prison following the 1992 plea agreement, which allowed him to serve his sentences concurrently, according to the prosecutor's office.

Reach Rod Ohira at rohira@honoluluadvertiser.com.