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Former La Crosse man gets long prison term for St. Paul shooting

Brad Williams

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A long prison sentence awaits a former La Crosse man convicted of a deadly shooting at a Hmong festival in the Twin Cities. 

Twenty-nine-year-old Nougai Xiong is ordered to serve more than 30 years in prison, for aiding and abetting murder in the 2018 shooting death of Jacky Vue. 

Xiong’s cousin, Yang Xiong of La Crosse, was sentenced to 7 years in prison himself for the same case. 

A fight between members of two Asian gangs reportedly led to the St. Paul shooting in 2018. 

Nougai Xiong had already been to prison for using a stolen car to get away from police in La Crosse. 

At the time of the shooting, Xiong was wanted in La Crosse for skipping a sentencing in another court case.  

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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