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DA: Uniondale gang member who discarded weapons during police chase sentenced

Oralus C. Sebea, a Uniondale gang member, who

Oralus C. Sebea, a Uniondale gang member, who threw firearms out of a car while leading police on a high-speed chase through Hempstead and Uniondale will serve 3-1/2 years to 7 years in prison for burglary and weapons possession, prosecutors say. Photo Credit: NCPD

A Uniondale gang member who threw weapons out of a car while leading Nassau police on a high-speed chase will serve 31/2 to 7 years in prison for burglary and weapons possession, prosecutors said Thursday.

Oralus Sebea, 30, who was sentenced Thursday by acting Nassau Supreme Court Justice Alan Honorof, also faces 5 years of supervision after his release.

Sebea was originally charged with second-degree burglary, three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, reckless driving, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and improper turn/failing to signal.

He pleaded guilty in April to attempted burglary and criminal possession of a weapon.

Nassau police arrested Sebea on Oct. 18 after he led them on a chase through Hempstead and Uniondale.

Officers had attempted to stop Sebea on Fulton Avenue in Hempstead because they said he failed to signal at a left turn, but he kept driving, acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said in a statement.

Singas said that during the chase, Sebea pushed a woman out of the car and "threw a Tec-9, a .357 revolver and assorted calibers of ammunition from his moving vehicle."

He continued driving with police in pursuit until he abandoned his 1993 Chevrolet on Van Buren Street in Uniondale and fled on foot, Singas said. He broke into a home on Adams Street before surrendering, she said.

"In his attempt to evade responsibility for his criminal actions, this armed gang member put the lives of responding police officers, as well as the lives of other drivers and pedestrians, at risk," she said in a statement.

Jason Russo, a Bay Shore attorney who represented Sebea, said his client was not a gang member and was not charged for his passenger's exit from the car because it might have been voluntary.

"Ultimately, what came out, he was acquainted with people from his community who are gang members, but he himself is not officially a gang member," Russo said.

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