Appeals Court Affirms Conviction in 2008 Murder

The Alaska Court of Appeals has affirmed the first-degree murder conviction of a man who shot and killed an off-duty military police officer outside an Anchorage bar in 2008.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE- The Alaska Court of Appeals has affirmed the first-degree murder conviction of a man who shot and killed an off-duty military police officer outside an Anchorage bar in 2008.

But the court also said Vongdeuane Vongthongdy's case should be sent back to strike a reference to "gang affiliation" in his presentence report since the shooting was not gang-related.
Vongthongdy was convicted of first-degree murder and other charges in the shooting death of Sgt. Evan Minnear. He was sentenced to a total of 80 years.
The appellate court on Friday found there was sufficient evidence for the jury to find Vongthongdy guilty of first-degree murder. Vongthongdy had argued there was insufficient evidence that he intended to kill Minnear when he shot him.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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