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Teen gets life for murder

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at 7:55 a.m.

Editor's note: This story was originally published on Dec. 5, 2001

A Wichita teen received a maximum sentence Tuesday for a gang-related attack that left a man dead, shot at least 16 times inside a south-side home.

District Judge Gregory Waller sentenced Sashada Makthepharak, 16, to life in prison for first-degree murder in the May 25 shooting of Chanh Chanthivong, 20.

Makthepharak will be eligible for parole after 20 years. But before he can go free, he also must serve about five years for burglary and weapon convicti ons related to the shooting. Waller ruled that Makthepharak must serve the two additional sentences consecutively.

The sentencing followed a plea by the victim's sister for a stiff punishme nt.

"He is only 16 years old, but he did a crime of a man, " said Chaneh Prasouvo.

"Look at him, " she said. "He doesn't feel remorse."

Makthepharak - slightly built and wearing a faded jail jump suit and a short haircut - looked at her without expression.

"All I really want, " she said, "is an apology from him, but that's not going to happen."

His lawyer, David Hawley, asked Waller to allow the sentences to run concurrently so his client could go free sooner. "He is very young. Hopefully, he would be able to use his time in prison to rehabilitate himself."

But Assistant District Attorney Barry Disney told Waller that Makthepharak was "the main instigator" in the shooting.

A co-defendant, Binh Ly, 19, previously received a maximum sentence.

In sentencing Makthepharak, Waller called the crime vicious, ruthless, the worst of gang violence.

Authorities said the attackers were gang members who felt disrespected.

Chanthivong, a Laotian whose family came to the United States from Thailand , was visiting a Planeview home when the attackers burst in.

His sister said he was not a gang member - only a flour mill employee who helped support his parents by working lots of overtime.

His death prompted her family to move from Wichita.

The loss still weighs on them, she said.

"It's getting a little easier day by day, but you never forget."

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