Man who shot at car full of strangers gets 11 years in prison

SEATTLE -- A man with seven prior convictions for drug and assault charges was sentenced to 11 years in prison Friday for shooting at a car full of strangers and setting another car on fire last April in South Seattle.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, 37-year-old Shane Anello pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a stolen firearm and a destructive device in connection with the two incidents.

Shortly after midnight on April 3, 2012, Anello pulled up next to a car at a red light near the Columbian Way exit from I-5.

He made eye contact with the three strangers in the car and proceeded to follow them with his headlights off.

After trying to ram the car, Anello fired at least one shot at it before the victims got away and called 911.

Officers found Anello still driving with his headlights off and arrested him. They found a revolver and ammo in the car.

After his arrest, Anello was connected with the firebombing of a car at the Nickelsville homeless camp two days earlier.

He threw a Molotov cocktail consisting of a gas-filled bottle at a car belonging to a man who refused to let him return to the camp.

Had the car's gas tank exploded, it could have severely injured or killed people nearby, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

In addition to 11 years in prison, Anello was also sentenced to three years of supervision upon his release.

"The random and dangerous actions of this defendant could have resulted in tragedy," U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said in a press release. "He targeted strangers and the homeless. We need him off our streets for a significant period with careful monitoring by Federal Probation on his release."

Anello had prior convictions for assault, delivering cocaine, attempting to elude police and more dating back to 2003.