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Sentencing delayed in Exchange shooting case

February 5, 2011

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A Douglas County judge on Friday delayed sentencing for a 28-year-old Lawrence man convicted of firing a gun Aug. 1 into a south Lawrence apartment and injuring six people.

The defense attorney for Sinh Lavongsa had objected to results of an investigation into Lavongsa’s criminal history, which would determine the severity of the sentence he faces.

Defense attorney Craig Stancliffe said there was a question about whether some documentation in the investigation involved his client or someone with the same name.

District Judge Michael Malone rescheduled the sentencing for 3:15 p.m. Feb. 25.

Lavongsa in December pleaded no-contest to six counts of aggravated battery.

Prosecutors accused him of firing a handgun eight times into an apartment in the early morning hours at The Exchange, 3100 Ousdahl Road, after he heard someone yell racial slurs at him.

Lavongsa is a citizen of Thailand and faces deportation after serving his expected prison sentence.

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