- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A Sacramento judge has sentenced a man to death for a burglary that ended in the victim’s shooting death.

Judge Steve White told 32-year-old Ronnie Vang during Friday’s sentencing hearing that Vang had infinite opportunities to change his mind and not shoot and kill 44-year-old Keith Fessler on June 23, 2009.

Authorities say Fessler woke up to find Vang and Vang’s cousin, 27-year-old Joson, burglarizing his Sacramento home.

Ronnie Vang was accused of hog-tying Fessler and shooting him despite Fessler’s pleas to spare his life.

Authories say Ronnie Vang wanted to eliminate any witnesses to the burglary. He and Joson Vang were convicted of first-degree murder. The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1mM3iEp) that Joson Vang was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

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