Merced teen sentenced for possessing firearm

local@modbee.comJune 25, 2012 

— The Merced teenager wounded during an officer-involved shooting late last year and convicted of illegally possessing a firearm last month was sentenced Monday.

Kong Xiong, 18, was given three years of probation and one year of jail time but was ordered released because of time served. He had been charged with participation in a criminal street gang but was found not guilty.

He was arrested Dec. 3 during a gathering at a home in north Merced. Two officers responded to a call about a man brandishing a gun. The officers fired at Xiong after hearing the sound of a gun's action and seeing the defendant holding a firearm, police said. Xiong was shot in the leg and survived.

Police unintentionally shot the defendant's 21-year-old uncle, Vang Thao, who was standing behind a fence. He was pronounced dead shortly afterward. The department cleared the officers of wrongdoing.

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