BY BOB HOLT
A Gardena man has been found guilty of killing a New Jersey businessman during an incident at a California doughnut shop in 2011.
Ronald Eugene Murray II ordered a pastrami sandwich at the store, and Jang laughed at him after some of the meat fell out. Deputy Attorney Jennifer Turk said Murray, 26, kicked the 56-year old Jang so hard in the head that he died two days later.
Turk said the store clerk would not sell Murray another sandwich at half-price, as he requested. According to the San Jose Mercury News, prosecutors said Murray sucker-punched Jang and hit him repeatedly, then threw the sandwich so hard at Jang's head that mayonnaise and lettuce stuck in his ear.
Murray told a jury that his actions were in self-defense. According to UPI.com, Murray testified that he fell to the floor after slipping on the pastrami, then looked up to see Jang standing over him with his fists clenched. Prosecutors said Murray knocked Jang to the floor and kicked him in the head.
The San Jose Mercury News reported that Murray was charged with voluntary manslaughter. The jury found him not guilty of second-degree murder. Turk said, "The defendant got a fair trial and we got a fair verdict."
Murray will be sentenced on March 4, and could receive 11 years in prison. An Associated Press report on sfgate.com says the second-degree murder charge could have gotten him 15 years to life.