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Killers sentenced to life terms

District Attorney Jan Scully announced that Khae Saephan and Xeng Saetern were sentenced by the Honorable Roland Candee to life terms in state prison for the 2005 murder of Si Saeturn and her unborn fetus.

Saephan and Saetern agreed to kill Si Saeturn at the request of her estranged boyfriend. On Dec. 29, 2005, the defendants drove to the victim’s workplace and waited for her shift to end.

As she left work and headed to her car, defendant Saetern shot her in the stomach and head. The victim, who was 5 months pregnant, died instantly and the fetus did not survive.

Defendant Saetern was 14 years old at the time of the shooting. He was prosecuted as an adult and convicted by a jury of two counts of first degree murder while personally using a gun, as well as conspiracy to commit murder and special circumstances. He received a total sentence of 100 years to life.

Saephan was 19 years old and charged with two counts of first degree murder, one count of conspiracy to commit murder and two special circumstances. Near the end of his trial, he chose to plead no contest to all counts and received two consecutive life without parole terms.

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