Life in Prison for St. Paul Teen Who Killed Man for Criticizing His Driving

Updated: 06/18/2014 7:27 AM
Created: 06/17/2014 1:20 PM
By: Megan Stewart

A 19-year-old St. Paul man was found guilty of killing another man who had confronted him about his reckless driving last September. 

Nineteen-year-old Aloeng Vang was convicted of first-degree murder and second-degree intentional homicide by a judge in Ramsey County on Tuesday. Vang was immediately sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.        

Prosecutors say Vang was angry about a confrontation with 50-year-old Jeffrey Thomas Elling of St. Paul last September. Vang nearly hit Elling and his girlfriend as he turned into Elling's street in the Lake Phalen neighborhood at a high rate of speed. Elling confronted Vang and pushed him to the ground.

Prosecutors say Vang got a gun and later rang Elling's doorbell, hid behind a tree and shot Elling when he answered the door.

According to the criminal complaint, Vang told police he got mad after Elling confronted him, so he retrieved a gun. He told police he didn't know what he was thinking and just wanted to talk to Elling.

The complaint said Elling was shot in the base of the front of his neck and bled to death.

Vang told police he used to be in a gang.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Aloeng Vang
Photo: Ramsey County Sheriff's Office

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