Oroville man convicted in fatal shooting on Highway 70

Nov 16, 2015 7:35 PM by News Staff

An Oroville man has been convicted of murder for his role in a 2014 shooting on Highway 70 that left one dead and another wounded.

Ker Vang, 22, was found guilty of second degree murder, attempted murder and shooting at an occupied vehicle, along with committing those crimes to benefit a criminal street gang, Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey announced Monday.

On October 6, 2014 Vang shot and killed 19-year-old Butte College student Jar Lee, and wounded Chico State student Cheng Thao on Highway 70 south of the Nelson Road/Grand Avenue offramp in Oroville.

Ramsey says Vang spotted the victims at an Oroville supermarket. He told detectives that he didn’t recognize the two men and assumed they were rival gang members.

During the trial, Butte County Sheriff’s gang detectives testified Vang’s gang was highly territorial. Any incursion by perceived rivals would harm the gang’s reputation, they said.

Vang is scheduled to be sentenced on December 10, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. He faces 74 years to life in prison.


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