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Xiong reaches plea deal in Wis. stabbing death


GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - A plea deal has been reached with one of two men charged in a Green Bay stabbing death last June.

Twenty-seven-year-old Mao Xiong pleaded no contest to second-degree intentional homicide in the death of 35-year-old Eric Vieau (VYOO).

WLUK-TV reports Xiong could now face 60 years in prison. He originally was charged with first-degree intentional homicide, which could carry a sentence of life in prison.

Sentencing is set for April 4.

Police say Xiong and his co-defendant, 24-year-old Aaron Lalbachan, got into a fight with Vieau outside of a Green Bay bar. Police say the two men followed Vieau into a parking lot, with Xiong stabbing and killing Vieau.

Judge Donald Zuidmulder pushed back Lalbachan's trial until May 23, citing pre-trial publicity due to Xiong's plea. The trial was scheduled to begin Monday.

Lalbachan is charged with being party to first-degree intentional homicide.

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