A Chico man was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2011 sniper-style shooting of a Chico pastor.
In August Jeffrey Menzies was found guilty of two counts of first degree murder for killing David Yang in September 2011. One of those counts carried a special allegation that Menzies was lying in wait, and for that he was denied the possibility of parole.
Yang was shot while waiting for a stop light at the intersection of Hwy 32 and Bruce Rd.
At the sentencing hearing Yang's family spoke emotionally to the judge and courtroom.
"When we laid our baby brother to rest we buried our future in the ground and a part of us died," says Mai Vang, David's sister. "Our life has never been the same. Our life will never be the same."
Yang was shot while on his way to work at a senior center, a job his brother says he took so he could later be caretaker of his mother and father, according to Hmong tradition.
"Where he may acquire the skills necessary to take care of them when they are old and in need of assistance," says David's brother, Blong. "He was planning ahead already to love and care for them. David also loved helping people, this was the reason he decided to be a pastor, he enjoyed giving to others."
Yang's mother, Xong Cha, sobbed as she spoke through a Hmong translator to the courtroom.
"I just want to die," she repeated over and over again.
After the sentencing Yang's brother read a statement saying the family is satisfied with the sentence.
"It is just and fitting for the unimaginable crime, although it won't bring back my brother and doesn't fill the emptiness that has been left by my brother's passing," Blong read. "Mr. Menzies will never be able to do this again to another family. And with the trial and sentencing behind us we can focus on living our life as David would have wanted us to."