People v Curtis Yee

On November 17, 2016, an Alameda County jury convicted Defendant Curtis Yee of first degree murder for the killing of Mr Jian Jin in 2013. Defendant Yee was found to have personally discharged a firearm causing death or great bodily injury, and was also found to have committed a robbery and a burglary as a special circumstance in the commission of that murder.

On February 13, 2013, Defendants Curtis Yee, Vuong Phan, and Lae Lokeaphone, met at a residence on 25th Avenue in Oakland. They planned to commit a robbery of an in-home 'massage parlor' in the area of 16th Avenue in Oakland. Just before they left to carry out the robbery, Defendant Yee obtained a gun from one of the residents of the 25th Avenue address.

Defendant Lokeaphone drove Defendant Yee and Defendant Phan to the 16th Avenue address. There, Defendants Yee and Phan entered the residence and met with an older Asian male. After a short conversation, Defendant Yee pulled out his gun and demanded money. Defendant Phan retrieved the man's wallet. Defendant Yee fired a round from the gun but it did not hit anybody. He ran to the second floor of the residence, and fired four more shots. Two of those bullets entered Mr Jin’s neck and chest, killing him. Defendant Yee ran back downstairs.

While Defendant Yee murdered Mr Jin upstairs, Defendant Phan took a laptop and a cell phone from a nearby table. Both defendants ran out of the building, returned to the van where Defendant Lokeaphone was waiting, and then fled the scene.

The three defendant returned to 25th Avenue where they sold the laptop and the cell phone. Defendants Yee also returned the gun. All three defendants were arrested a few weeks later.

Defendant Yee is scheduled to be sentenced on January 20, 2017. Defendant Phan pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter in August 2016 and is yet to be formally sentenced, while Defendant Lokeaphone’s case is still pending.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Christopher Chin with assistance from DA Inspector Thomas Cleary and Victim-Witness Advocates Yuen Chiang and Louise Song.

(Docket #173309)

Posted on Dec 2, 2016