The 2nd District Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld the convictions against Kou Yang and also rejected his argument that the $36,000 in restitution to cover funeral costs was excessive. The appeals court says a new trial is not warranted in the case.
Yang was convicted in 2012 of felony counts of first-degree reckless homicide and first-degree reckless injury in the shooting that killed Pheng Lee and severely injured Chenglung Moua.
The restitution was to cover costs for a traditional Hmong funeral for Lee that lasted more than three days and included food and drink for all 500 guests.
The appeals court says the restitution ordered by the lower court was reasonable.
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