Chinese man sentenced, fined<BR>for I-40 drug seizure, shooting
A man initially charged with attempted murder of a state trooper was sentenced to 12 years in prison Wednesday.
Xioaya Steven Sun, 22, was sentenced for aggravated assault and transportation of marijuana for sale and ordered to pay a fine of $93,000 plus surcharges for a total of $167,400.
The sentence was part of a plea agreement and was given by Mohave County Superior Court Judge Richard Weiss.
Charges of conspiracy to transport marijuana for sale, attempted first-degree murder and misconduct involving weapons were dropped.
Sun was one of three Chinese men arrested by state Department of Public Safety officers the morning of Oct.
17, 2002, after traffic stops along Interstate 40 near Kingman and Ash Fork.
The Chinese nationals were traveling from Los Angeles in two identical Dodge Intrepid rental cars.
About four miles west of Kingman, DPS officer Jeff Schoch stopped one of the vehicles for following another vehicle too closely.
When Schoch searched the driver of the vehicle, Gang Lin, and then Sun, Schoch felt a gun in Sun's clothing.
When Sun tried to withdraw the weapon, Schoch shot him in the thigh, the officer testified during Lin's trial.
A jury acquitted Lin, 30, of transporting of marijuana for sale and conspiracy to transport marijuana for sale.
State troopers found 100-pound packages of marijuana in each of the Dodge Intrepids.
The third suspect, Zhou Wang, was stopped near Ash Fork
Wang, 22, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to felony transportation of marijuana for sale.
Wang had been charged with transportation of marijuana for sale and conspiracy to transport marijuana for sale, both felonies.