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Ly Tong guilty in pepper-spray attack

Friday, May 25, 2012

A San Jose jury found the self-proclaimed anti-communist freedom fighter guilty of two felonies and two misdemeanors late Thursday in connection with the 2010 pepper-spray attack of a Vietnamese singing star during a Santa Clara concert. But it acquitted the flamboyant former Vietnamese fighter pilot of felony assault, which would have counted as a strike under the state’s tough three-strikes law. Tong was immediately jailed, with sentencing set for June 22.

Add: The Mercury News’ Tracey Kaplan says Tong, who’d come to the courtroom in drag the previous day, sat expressionless, wearing a military jumpsuit and bomber jacket, when the verdicts were read.
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