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Appeals Court Upholds Conviction Of St. Cloud Killer

Court ActionST. CLOUD  (AP) – The sentence for a man convicted of fatally shooting an acquaintance at a poker game in St. Cloud will stand.

The state Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction and sentence Leun Thongpasom. He was convicted in Benton County last year of second-degree murder, possession of a firearm by an ineligible person and possession of a pistol without a permit.

He appealed his conviction and the 30-year, six-month sentence.

Thongpasom argued there was ample evidence that he acted in self-defense when he shot 43-year-old Ki Nahouakhong.

This week the Court of Appeals disagreed, citing witnesses who testified that they didn’t see an altercation between the men before the shooting.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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