Former South Vietnam pilot gets 6 months in jail for assaulting Vietnamese singer

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A former South Vietnam regime officer and self-proclaimed activist was sentenced Friday to six months in jail and three years' probation by a US court for sneaking into a concert and assaulting a Vietnamese singer in 2010, the Mercury News reported.

On July 18, 2010, Ly Tong sprayed Dam Vinh Hung, a pop singer from Vietnam, with a teargas-like irritant during a concert at the Santa Clara Convention Center in California.

He had disguised himself as a cross-dresser to escape security and sprayed the singer in the face as the latter was being given a flower on the stage.

Tong last month was convicted of two misdemeanors -- simple assault and resisting arrest -- and two felonies, including using teargas and second-degree burglary with the intent to commit a felony, for his act.

He faced a maximum of three years and eight months in jail.

On Friday, jurors still couldn't agree on whether Tong's weapon of choice was pepper spray or his own mixture of perfume and fish sauce.

Both prosecutors and the Probation Department recommended Tong receive minimal jail time.

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Andrea Y. Bryan said she found the recommendation from the probation department "overly lenient," and instead gave Tong six months jail time and three years probation.

Because of the time he has already served, Tong will  spend 54 more days in the Santa Clara County jail.

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

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