A Salt Lake City man who drove the getaway car for two gang members who robbed a Riverton Walmart in 2008 was convicted in a federal trial this week.
After a four-day jury trial, Tevita Tolutau, 23, was found guilty of robbery and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. His sentencing has been set for May 16.
His is the latest conviction to come from a 2010 federal indictment of members of the Tongan Crip Gang. Federal prosecutors filed a 29-count indictment against 17 of the TCG's members or associates, alleging the gang engaged in acts of violence to enhance its prestige and to expand the gang's operations. Nine of the 17 defendants were charged with racketeering under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO.