WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- The Wausau man convicted of firing a weapon at two people in a car last year will spend a long time in prison. 31-year-old Ka Yeng Xiong was involved in an altercation with people at a Wausau area tavern in August of 2012.
Prosecutor Ryan Wetzsteon was satisfied with the 40-year sentence handed down by Judge Greg Grau. “The judge deviated from our recommendation based on his own assessment of the gravity of the offense, the character of Mr. Xiong, and the protection of the public that he deemed necessary.”
Xiong’s first 28 years will be behind state prison walls. After that, he will be on extended supervision for an additional 12 years.
Court documents say Xiong went home after the altercation, and the people followed him. That’s when Xiong came out of his house with a handgun and started shooting at their vehicle, shattering the glass, and hitting two other homes in the process. Wetzsteon said this easily could have injured or killed people. “As I stated in my sentencing argument, it really was a miracle that these two gentlemen were not struck by any bullets. It’s a similar miracle that none of the residents in this community were harmed by it.”
Forty years may seem like a long sentence in a case where nobody died, but the court frowns on intentionally shooting at people. “I think this sentencing sends a message to those that are thinking of engaging in behavior such as this, that you don’t want to do it in this area because we will take it very seriously, and act swiftly thereafter.”
Besides the attempted homicide charges, Xiong was convicted of recklessly endangering safety and criminal damage to property. Those sentences will be served concurrently.
(Our interview with Assistant District Attorney Ryan Wetzsteon can be heard on our website, here.)