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Chinese national pleads guilty to drug charges

A Chinese national has pleaded guilty to drug charges after other charges, including attempted murder of a state trooper, were dropped.

Xiaoyu Steven Sun pleaded guilty to felony counts of transportation of marijuana for sale and aggravated assault last week.

Charges of attempted first-degree murder, conspiracy to transport marijuana for sale and misconduct involving weapons were dropped as part of a plea deal.

Sun will receive two concurrent 12-year sentences under terms of the plea agreement.

Sun's criminal record includes a guilty plea for aggravated burglary on April 26, 2002, in Utah.

Sun, 23, was arrested on Oct.

17, 2002, with Gang Nun Lin and Zhao Yang after their cars were pulled over by Department of Public Safety officers on Interstate 40.

Marijuana was found in a rented Dodge Intrepid that Lin was driving from Los Angeles.

The car, which Sun was riding in, was pulled over by DPS officer Jeff Schoch four miles west of Kingman for following another car too closely.

Sun was accused of pulling a handgun and pointing it toward Schoch.

According to Sun's court file, Schoch turned to walk away from the Chinese national, then turned around and fired several shots at Sun, hitting him once in the thigh.

Lin had been found not guilty of transporting and possessing marijuana for sale and conspiracy to transport or possess marijuana for sale.

Yang was pulled over near Ash Fork later the morning of Oct.

17 while also driving a Dodge Intrepid.

Yang pleaded guilty to one count of transportation of marijuana for sale.

A count of conspiracy to transport marijuana for sale was dropped as part of the plea agreement.

Yang was sentenced to three and a half years in jail on July 31.

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