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Continued: Guilty plea in shooting that killed owner of St. Paul's Malina's Sports Bar

  • Article by: CHAO XIONG , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 19, 2014 - 12:46 PM

Vang testified that Her and Moua argued over the $20 that Her had paid to use a pool table.

He said he got involved in the dispute when Moua and two other men tried to remove him and his brother-in-law from the bar.

Unarmed victims

Vang also testified that he not only fired at Moua, but also at a second man, who was struck in the left armpit, with the bullet lodging in his neck. He also said that he shot at a third man, wounding him in the neck.

None of Vang’s victims was armed.

Bakst disputed Tuesday whether Vang was, indeed, strangled by Moua and two other men and forcibly removed from the bar. She said police did not find any injuries on Vang consistent with strangulation.

Vang again backed off that part of his story, saying he would not dispute those findings, either.

Moua’s family, which sat in on the plea and listened to Vang’s testimony, declined to comment Tuesday.

Vang is scheduled to be sentenced on April 7.

His plea agreement allows his attorney to seek a sentence of no less than 25 and 1/5 years, which includes concurrent sentences on all three counts. It allows Bakst, the prosecutor, to pursue consecutive sentences for up to about 46 years in prison.

Her, 27, of Oakdale, is charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree attempted murder. He is scheduled to stand trial in March.

Chao Xiong • 612-270-2708 Twitter: @ChaoStrib

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