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Appeals court denies new trial for Sheboygan man convicted of homicide

WAUKESHA, WI (WTAQ) - A Sheboygan man will stay in prison, after a state appeals court refused to drop his homicide conviction.

The 2nd District Appellate Court said no Wednesday to a new trial for Kou Yang in the shooting death of 20-year-old Pheng Lee, and the wounding of 21-year-old Chenglung Moua.

Both shootings occurred in January of 2012 at a Walmart parking lot in Sheboygan.

A jury convicted Yang of reckless homicide and reckless injury. The appellate court also said it was okay for the judge to order $36,000 in restitution, which Yang called excessive.

That was for a traditional Hmong funeral for Lee, in which 500 guests feasted on food and drinks for more than three days. The appeals court said it was reasonable to make Yang pick up the tab.

During his trial, Yang claimed that he acted in self defense. His lawyers said Yang feared for his life when Lee, Moua, and two others approached him.

Yang thought the men might have been involved in a previous incident, in which bullets were fired into Yang’s home.

Testimony indicated tensions between rival gangs. But Yang said he had not been in a gang for two years before the shootings.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)