SACRAMENTO (CBS13/AP) – A Sacramento judge has sentenced a man to death for a burglary that ended in the victim’s shooting death.
Judge Steve White told 32-year-old Ronnie Vang during Friday’s sentencing hearing that Vang had infinite opportunities to change his mind and not shoot and kill 44-year-old Keith Fessler on June 23, 2009.
Authorities say Fessler woke up to find Vang and Vang’s cousin, 27-year-old Joson, burglarizing his Sacramento home.
Ronnie Vang was accused of hog-tying Fessler and shooting him despite Fessler’s pleas to spare his life. Vang had only been paroled from prison four days before the murder.
Authories say Ronnie Vang wanted to eliminate any witnesses to the burglary. He and Joson Vang were convicted of first-degree murder. Joson Vang was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Ronnie Vang was also convicted of setting fire to Fessler’s home and car. Prosecutors said that the was trying to cover up the murder with the fires.
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