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Man sentenced for role in fight 3 years ago

By Janice Gregorson

gregor@postbulletin.com

The case of a gang-related fight that occurred more than three years ago came to an end with a plea Tuesday, the day the defendant’s trial was scheduled to start.

Tony Yeoun Chhoeut, 21, of Rochester, pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor count of third-degree riot, and a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge was dismissed. Judge Debra Jacobson put Chhoeut on probation for one year and ordered him to pay $1,082 or do 100 hours of community work service.

The charges stemmed from a fight on April 16, 2005, during a Cambodian New Year’s celebration at the Olmsted County Fairgrounds in Rochester. Police were called about a fight between members of the Asian Boyz and Cambodian Bloods gangs. One teen ended up in Saint Marys Hospital with a cut on the arm.

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Some of the people involved identified Chhoeut as a participant. Another person, now 21, was charged with similar offenses and pleaded guilty in February 2007 to misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

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