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Jail Inmate Convicted for Murdering Cellmate

DATE:  September 21, 2016

CASE:  Khot Panyanouvong (Case #15F00271)

PROSECUTOR:  Deputy District Attorney Caroline Park, Homicide Unit

Khot Panyanouvong was convicted by a jury for the first-degree murder of Choi Ian Saeteurn.

On January 15, 2015, Panyanouvong was arrested for a parole violation and resisting arrest.  Panyanouvong was in custody at the Sacramento County Main Jail and shared a cell with 68-year-old Choi Ian Saeteurn, who was arrested for a probation violation.  On January 16, 2015, Panyanouvong beat Saeteurn to death while the two were in their cell. 

Panyanouvong has a prior 2005 strike conviction for first-degree burglary and faces a maximum potential sentence of 55 years to life in prison.  Sentencing is set for October 21, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 25 before the Honorable Robert Twiss.


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