South Vietnam pilot jailed in US for assaulting pop singer

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Ly Tong, a former Vietnamese Air Force officer and self-proclaimed activist, was convicted and immediately jailed for sneaking into a concert to assault a Vietnamese singer in 2010.

Tong had disguised himself as a woman to get close to the singer. 

Mercury News reported that the 12 jurors convicted Tong on Thursday of two misdemeanors simple assault and resisting arrest and two felonies, including using tear gas and second-degree burglary with the intent to commit a felony.

The jury couldn't agree on whether Tong used pepper spray, or a mixture of perfume and fish sauce to assault singer Dam Vinh Hung on July 18, 2010, at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

But they agreed that neither spray was a deadly weapon. As a result, he the jury found him not guilty of "assault with a deadly weapon."

At the request of the prosecutor, Judge Andrea Y. Bryan immediately had him jailed.

Tong faces a maximum of three years and eight months in jail.

But some jurors said they planned to write the judge to ask her for leniency. Sentencing was set for June 22, the report said.

Tong, a former pilot for the US-backed southern regime during the Vietnam War, was known for holding a month-long hunger strike in 2008 to press a strip of Vietnamese shops on Story Road to be named Little Saigon.

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