Jury Finds Oakdale Man Guilty for Role in Bar Owner's Death

Updated: 03/25/2014 9:41 PM
Created: 03/25/2014 8:27 PM
By: Leslie Dyste

A Ramsey County jury found a 27-year-old Oakdale man guilty on all counts in connection to the shooting death of a St. Paul bar owner last June.

According to the Ramsey County Attorney's Office, 27-year-old Yia Her was found guilty of one count of aiding or abetting second degree murder in the death of 46-year-old Vone Moua, owner of Malina's Sports Bar, and two counts of aiding or abetting attempted second degree murder.

In February, 23-year-old Cheng Vang pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder in this case.
According to the complaint, Vang came to Malina's Sports Bar on North Dale Street in St. Paul on June 9 after his brother-in-law, Her, called him for help and asked him to bring a gun.
Her told police he had paid $20 to rent a pool table. But when Moua told him to leave at about 2:15 a.m. because the bar was closed, Her felt he should get his money back.
According to the complaint, Moua offered to play Her a game, but said Her would have to leave if he lost. Moua said if Her won, he could stay for two hours to play pool. Instead, the complaint says, Her got angry and called Vang.

Her allegedly left the bar and later returned, kicking the front door which had been locked since the bar was closed.

Moua gave a waitress permission to open the door and Her walked in with a man, later identified as Vang.

Moua approached Her and they had a discussion about the pool table, time and money as they began to push each other. According to the complaint, bar employees and customers pushed Her toward the door as Vang shot Moua.

Vang also allegedly shot a witness who grabbed the gun. The bullet grazed the witness' neck.
Moua was taken to Regions Hospital where he later died.

Her told police he was upset about not getting his money back and had called Vang to ask him to bring a gun to the bar. Her told police he planned to use Vang's gun to scare the owner.

Vang told police he fired the gun because they were being hit, and someone was holding his neck and another person was holding Her's neck. He told officers, "I took out the gun and I started firing," according to the complaint.

Her's sentencing date will be set later this week.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Yia Her
Photo: Ramsey County Attorney's Office

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