Saturday, January 14, 2012

Yang Charged With Lee's Homicide At Sheboygan's Walmart

Kou Yang and Pheng Lee

Armed homicide suspect was a felon and on probation for a child abuse 2010 case, according to state records.

By H. Nelson Goodson
January 14, 2012

Sheboygan - Last Thursday, Kou Yang, 21, of Sheboygan was charged as a repeat offender, including three felony counts of 1st-degree reckeless homicide, one count 1st-degree reckless injuring and one count for pssession of a firearm by felon, in connection with the murder of Pheng Lee, 20, on January 8th. Yang is accused of discharging five 9mm shots at Lee and Cheng Lung Moua, 21, and his friends outside a Walmart at 3711 S. Taylor Dr. shortly after they approached Yang's vehicle, according to the criminal complaint.
The initial confrontation occured inside the Walmart around 12:30 a.m. at a cashier counter lane. Moua was in line and then Yang with his wife and a 16-year-old teenager stood behind him and exchanged some words. Moua told police he called his brother Lee to come over to the store because he was expecting trouble once they got outside Walmart.
Afterwards, Yang went to his vehicle where he was accompanied by his wife and the teenager. Moua, Lee and two other friends are seen by video surveillance going to Yang's vehicle. When they reached Yang's vehicle, they exchange words, then Yang pulls out a gun and fires at Moua who falls and shoots at Lee as he tries to flee. Lee falls from the gunshot wounds and Yang fled the scene.
Moua told investigators, that they went to tell Yang, to leave him alone. But, Yang opened fire at them.
Lee who was a student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee later died at St. Nicolas Hospital in Sheboygan from a bullet wound through the heart and from another bullet on the right lung. Moua was shot in the jaw and lost two teeth and had reconstructive surgery at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa, according to Sheboygan police.
Yang was later arrested at his residence. Police say, it was investigated as an alleged gang related shooting.
State records indicate, Yang was convicted in 2010 for child abuse and was a felon.
Yang is facing more than 78 years in prison on the felony counts and a judge set a $750,000 cash bond.

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