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UPDATE: Defendant Must Pay $36,000 in Funeral costs

UPDATED: Saturday, December 1, 2012 --- 8:05 p.m.

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) -- A Sheboygan man convicted of fatally shooting a Hmong man has been ordered to pay $36,000 to cover funeral costs, an amount the defense argued was excessive.

A Sheboygan Press report says 20-year-old victim Pheng Lee was given a traditional Hmong funeral. It lasted more than three days and included food and drink for all 500 guests.

Twenty-two-year-old Kou Yang was convicted in the shooting. He's serving an 18-year prison sentence.

Defense attorney Casey Hoff told the judge Friday that an average funeral costs about $8,000. He said $36,000 was "extremely high."

But Judge L. Edward Stengel said he believed the victim's family was following tradition, not running up the bill with the expectation of being compensated.

Yang testified that he has no savings or assets of note.

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Information from: The Sheboygan Press, http://www.sheboygan-press.com

Copyright 2012: Associated Press

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Posted Tuesday, September 25, 2012 --- 5:50 a.m.

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) -- A judge has sentenced a 21-year-old Sheboygan man to 18 years in prison for a shooting that killed one man and wounded another outside a Walmart.

Kou Yang also will be on extended supervision for 12 years after serving his prison time.

A jury in July found Yang guilty of felony counts of first-degree reckless homicide and first-degree reckless injury in the Jan. 8 shooting that killed Pheng Lee and severely injured Chenglung Moua.

Yang had earlier pleaded no contest to possession of a firearm by a felon. He claimed self-defense in the shooting.

The Sheboygan Press (http://shebpr.es/RZjMo8) reports Judge L. Edward Stengel took into account Yang's lengthy criminal record in determining the sentence.

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Information from: The Sheboygan Press, http://www.sheboygan-press.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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