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A Merced man was sentenced in Sonoma County Superior Court today to nine years in prison for the gang-related assault of a Santa Rosa man more than five years ago. Dundo Xayyaphay, 24, was the last of four defendants, all Asian Boyz gang members, to be sentenced for the Oct. 1, 2007, assault of 22-year-old Terry Au.
Perry Khaoone, his brother Pongsony Khaoone and Boonlak Phanchanh, broke into Au’s home while he was sleeping, pistol-whipped him and forced him into a car, Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch said. Au was taken to an unknown location where Xayyaphay arrived, Ravitch said. The four gang members repeatedly assaulted Au over the next few hours and made him call his brother, Vutha Au, to ask for money, Ravitch said.
Perry Khaoone threatened to cut off Terry Au’s fingers and keep them on ice, returning one finger for every $1,000 that Vutha Au paid, Ravitch said. Terry Au eventually was released. The Khaoones and Phanchanh were sentenced in 2010 to between 13 and 18 years in prison for the crimes. Xayyaphay was not arrested until 2011. Vutha Au, 24, was kidnapped by other members of the Asian Boyz gang and killed on Blind Beach on the Sonoma Coast in March 2008 because of his cooperation with the prosecution of the three defendants charged with his brother’s assault. Four of the six defendants in the Vutha Au murder case received life sentences without parole.
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