Mang Yang was found guilty on Dec. 21, 2012 in Ramsey District Court for his role in the gang rape of a St. Paul teenager.
The jury also found the existence of two aggravating factors. Sentencing for Yang is set for Feb. 27 at 9 a.m. where he faces a guideline sentence of 24 years in prison.
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said he thanks the St. Paul Police and the Gang Unit for their diligent work on this case both to help the prosecution as well as the victim throughout this process.
“We are pleased with the jury’s verdict, which sends an important message to a bright and beautiful girl who is making progress from being a victim of a brutal gang rape to a survivor, her family and to other girls and women who have been sexually assaulted,” said Choi said. “This community will hold those who perpetrate acts of sexual violence accountable for their crimes and we stand and support victims of sexual assault.”
The victim’s courage and testimony at trial was aided by a victim-centered, culturally specific response by the Saint Paul Police Department, victim advocates and the prosecutor handling this case, Choi added. The County Attorney’s office will publicly address the matter at a later date after related cases are resolved.
“I am moved by the courage of this young girl and her family to come forward, which was not an easy thing to do for a number of reasons that we as a community need to address in the future,” Choi said. “Our resolve to enforce the community standard that you don’t gang rape others and our vigorous pursuit of justice for the victim and her family in the remaining cases will continue until justice is fully accomplished.”