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Vang Sentenced to Life in Prison With No Possibility of Parole

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The sentence a Sawyer County judge handed down to convicted murderer Chai Vang could be what finally gives a group of rice lake-area families a sense of closure, something they've spent nearly a year without.

In september, Vang was found guilty of murdering six deer hunters and trying to kill two others last November.

He learned Tuesday that he'll spend the rest of his life in prison, with no chance for parole.

Though Vang's first words in court may have been the result of the barrier between him and the english language, they were the exact oppisite of what prosecutors had intended.

"Today is the most happy day of my life."

"I think he was just relieved," said his attorney, Steven Kohn.

Vang handed out plenty of thanks and apologies to his family in court, but had neither for the victims.

"I understand your anger...your grief. You have lost loved ones. My family has lost a loved one as well."

Vang said he hopes his neighbors don't suffer because of the ruling or his sentence.

"Let's not let the judgement of one or a group affect the view of a community."

"If there should be a sentence without the possibility of extended supervision," said Judge Norman Yackel, "This is such a case."

"Unfortunately, Mr. Vang did not follow his own advice that day, and we need to judge him by his actions, not his words." said Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager.

Vang has asked his attorneys to file for an appeal, which they say they'll do in the days following Tuesday's sentencing hearing.


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