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DATE: August 31, 2016
CASE: John Yang (Case #14F04073)
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Molly Steber, Gangs & Hate Crimes Unit
John Yang was convicted by a jury of the second-degree murder of Yong Lor. The jury also found true a personal use of a dangerous or deadly weapon allegation.
On May 27, 2014, the Lor family was returning home to Olivehurst from Santa Cruz. When they got to Sacramento, they stopped for dinner at the Pho Bac restaurant on Broadway. Inside the restaurant, they encountered John Yang and six of his associates from the Hmong Nation Society (HNS) gang. When Yang recognized some of the Lor family members who had past connections to a rival gang, Yang stared them down and flipped them off. The Lor family left the restaurant to avoid trouble and protect the safety of the family, including two young children and elderly mother. When the Lor family got to the parking lot, Yang’s group attacked the Lor brothers. John Yang stabbed Yong Lor, severing his aortic artery and killing him. Yong Lor’s wife, brothers, mother and children witnessed the stabbing.
Yang faces a maximum potential sentence of 16 years to life in prison. Sentencing is set for September 30, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. in Department 17 before the Honorable Ernest Sawtelle.
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