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Sentencing Again Delayed for Wong in Triple Murder Case

LEBANON, Mo. - Sentencing is put off until February for of four men accused of a 2009 triple murder in Laclede County.
LEBANON, Mo. - Sentencing has been delayed again for one of four men accused of a 2009 triple murder in Laclede County.

Sentencing had been scheduled today for Jacky Wong, 25, of Springfield.  in a 2009 triple murder in Laclede County.  This is the fourth time the case has been reset for sentencing.

As part of a plea agreement, Jacky Wong pleaded guilty in April to three counts of 2nd-degree murder in the deaths of  of Jeff and Glenda Smith, and Zack Porter. His sentencing scheduled for today has been reset for 9 a.m. Feb. 3.

Prior to the plea agreement, Wong had been charged with 1st-degree murder in the slayings in October, 2009. He was alleged to be the driver of the car in these murders, but prosecutors and the victims’ families said he deserved as much punishment as the three other suspects.

Josh Reyes pleaded guilty to three counts of 1st-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Steven Pykolla and Benjamin Stidham have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.

Court documents indicate that Reyes was looking for revenge against his ex-girlfriend and mother of his children. The victims were the woman’s parents and boyfriend.

Second-degree murder carries with it the possibility of 10 to 30 years in prison and possibly life.


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