A court in Vietnam on Thursday sentenced a man to life in prison and 23 others to prison terms of between 2 years and 18 years for killing a police officer and injuring another.
The men killed Nay Plong and injured Nguyen Thanh Trung, officers of Krong Pa Dist., Gia Lai Province in the Central Highland, on Oct. 21, 2015, according to an indictment heard at the trial.
They were staging an ambush on a rival gang on the National Route 25 when the two officers passed by.
They mistook the officers for rival gang members and attacked them with rocks, sticks, machete and hammers, according to the indict.
Investigators found that Tran Canh Vinh, 21, Pham Van Sang, 18, and Dang Van Hai, 22, had hit Nay Plong with an axe, a knife and a stick, killing him on the spot.
The People's Court of Gia Lai handed out the life sentence to Vinh, while Sang was sentenced to 18 years' imprisonment and Hai 17 year's imprisonment for murdering.
The others were convicted of "deliberately causing injuries," the court said.