Oldest murder defendant in Minnesota dies prior to sentencing


The man believed to be the oldest person ever charged with murder in the history of Minnesota died before he could be sentenced, the Pioneer Press reports.

Pang Vang, 84, was facing a sentence of up to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty in August to fatally shooting his adult son. According to the criminal complaint, the March 24 incident happened after a confrontation over cable TV resulted in Vang being told by his son, 36-year-old Chue Vang, to move out if he was unhappy.

Pang Vang was scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 8, the Pioneer Press says, but on Monday had to be taken from Ramsey County jail to Regions Hospital where he later died.

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At the time of the March 24 shooting, Pang Vang was living in a house with Chue Vang, who owned the residence.

Pang Vang reportedly admitted to police he later grabbed his hunting shotgun and shot his son, the complaint said.

According to the criminal complaint filed at the time of the incident, Chue Vang reportedly would not install cable in the Maplewood house. Pang Vang then got upset, and Chue Vang responded by telling his father to move out.

Pang Vang told the courtroom in August he'd had marital troubles with his wife around that time as well, the Pioneer Press reported.

Chue Vang’s mother, brother and child were in the house at the time of the shooting. Police had been called a bit before noon and were told there had been a shooting, with the suspect still in the house. Pang Vang released his three family members when officers arrived, and a two-hour standoff followed.

SWAT team members swarmed the area around the house, because police were wary of reports that there were weapons inside the home. Police attempted to contact the father by telephone and also through a public address system, using a Hmong-speaking Maplewood officer as an intermediary.

Officers and SWAT members entered the home and found Pang Vang with self-inflicted stab wounds to the chest and neck, according to a Maplewood Police news release.

Chue Vang was found dead in the home.

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