Life sentence in 2001 St. Paul homicide

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Mar 6, 2012 at 8:11 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A man convicted twice for a 2001 fatal shooting in St. Paul has been sentenced to life in prison, plus 7 1/2 years for wounding of the victim's brother.

Jerry Vang was sentenced Monday for killing 15-year-old David Vang. The two are not related. The victim's brother, Kou Vang, was wounded when they encountered the shooter in an alley behind their homes in St. Paul.

A jury in Ramsey County convicted Vang for a second time in January. His 2001 conviction was overturned by the state Supreme Court, based in part on procedural errors.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the wife of the surviving brother, Molly Chang, told the judge that even though more than 10 years have passed, her husband struggles every day with the death of his brother.

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