'Enforcer' Sentenced to Prison in Vegas Slaying

By: Ken Ritter, Associated Press Email
By: Ken Ritter, Associated Press Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 26-year-old Chinese immigrant convicted of being an enforcer for a Taiwan-based criminal gang will spend the rest of his life in a Nevada prison for killing one person and wounding two others in a bloody knife attack in a Las Vegas karaoke bar in July 2009.

Xiao Ye Bai sobbed and apologized Tuesday for crimes including murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, conspiracy and extortion.

He knew he'd get life behind bars without parole, after a jury in December spared him from the death penalty.

A Nevada judge sentenced Bai to 32 to 85 additional years after a prosecutor urged him to make sure Bai never is freed.

Bai still faces prosecution in California in a separate shooting that killed one person and wounded another outside a Los Angeles-area karaoke bar.

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