- Associated Press - Saturday, August 9, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - An 84-year-old man has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his son in Maplewood.

Pang Vang admitted Thursday during a hearing to shooting 36-year-old Chue Vang in the chest March 24, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press (https://bit.ly/1A3kpFo ).

He said via an interpreter that his wife said March 24 that she wanted a divorce. They argued in the kitchen and then his son intervened, saying his father should move out.

“He came out of the bedroom and said, ‘Get out of here; it’s my house. My mother and the rest of us don’t want you. So you should just leave,” Pang Vang said.

“So I shot him,” he said.

Three days before the shooting the father and son also argued over installing cable television.

His son owned the home and didn’t want to install it, Pang Vang had told police.

“I wanted to view it,” Pang Vang said. “He told me that, ‘Everything costs money, Dad.’ He didn’t say it nice to me. He said horrible words to me.”

Pang Vang pleaded guilty to second-degree intentional murder. State sentencing guidelines call for a prison term of about 22 to 30 years, but the defense attorney said she would ask for less time Oct. 8.

The family arrived in the Twin Cities from Laos in the 1980s. Pang Vang told the judge that he hoped to get a more lenient sentence in part because he had served on the American side in the Laotian military during the Vietnam War.

Pang Se Vang is the oldest defendant to be charged with murder in Minnesota since the state system began tracking records in the 1970s, though some counties did not join the system until the 1980s, according to a spokesman with the state judicial branch.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, https://www.twincities.com

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