East Side teen sentenced to life in prison without parole

Aloeng Vang

Aloeng Vang found guilty of murder following traffic argument

Aloeng Kelly Vang was found guilty of first and second-degree murder on Tuesday, June 17, after shooting a neighbor during a feud, according to a statement from the Ramsey County attorney's office.

Ramsey County Judge Diane Alshouse sentenced the 19-year-old to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He will turn 20 on Monday.

Vang shot a friend's neighbor, Jeffrey Thomas Elling, in the doorway of the victim's home on Sept. 1, 2013 after the two got into a dispute about Vang's driving.

"This man's thoughtless and homicidal reaction to a perceived disrespect ended the life of a father, brother, partner and valued member of our community," said Ramsey County Attorney John Choi in a statement. "We are grateful for the Court's verdict."

The argument and shooting both took place near the 1400 block of York Avenue, according to the complaint.

Vang shot Elling following a verbal argument they had after Vang almost hit Elling and his girlfriend while driving, according to a criminal complaint.

After the argument, Vang rang Elling's doorbell and shot him through his glass front door as he was answering.

Elling's girlfriend, who was in the house at the time of the shooting, called 911.

Officers arrived at the scene and found Elling bloody and unconscious, lying in front of his house with a bullet hole at the base of his neck, according to the complaint. Elling was pronounced dead at the scene.

While police were processing the scene, Vang approached officers, ducking under crime scene tape to tell them "I'm the guy you're looking for," the complaint said. Vang told police he was a former gang member.

Vang received the life sentence after waiving his right to a jury trial, opting for a court trial that took place the first week of June.

-- Patrick Larkin


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