Sacto 9-1-1
April 8, 2011
Two men sentenced in gang-related shooting

Two men were sentenced today in connection with a 2008 gang-related shooting.

Lue Thao, 22, was sentenced by Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Raul Thorbourne to 27 years to life in prison after being found guilty by a jury of premeditated attempted murder, shooting into an inhabited motor vehicle and assault with a firearm.

Co-defendant Alex Lee, 20, was sentenced to seven years in prison after being found guilty of assault with a deadly weapon and firing into an inhabited vehicle.

Thao is a validated Hmong National Society, or HNS gang member, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's office news release.

In April 2008, Thao was a passenger in a car that stopped alongside a vehicle driven by the victim. Thao pulled out a .38 caliber handgun and opened fire on the victim's vehicle, striking the car six times and narrowly missing the victim, officials said.

The victim was targeted because he is Mien and was dating a Hmong girl, according to the news release. Thao also believed the victim was an associate of the M.O.D. Asian street gang, a rival of the HNS gang.

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