Man defending sons from gang pleads guilty to slaying teen

By Emily Gurnon, St. Paul Pioneer Press

St. Paul, Minn. — Some 20 gang members had massed outside his house. They were approaching his three sons. He himself had been shot before. He was only trying to defend himself and his family, he told police.

But on Friday, Nai Vang cast his eyes downward as he sat in court and pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and second-degree assault in the Oct. 26 killing of an 18-year-old Brooklyn Park man.

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