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ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — The sentence for a man convicted of fatally shooting an acquaintance at a poker game in St. Cloud will stand.

The state Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction and sentence Leun Thongpasom. He was convicted in Benton County last year of second-degree murder, possession of a firearm by an ineligible person and possession of a pistol without a permit.

The St. Cloud Times reports he appealed his conviction and the 30-year, six-month sentence.

Thongpasom argued there was ample evidence that he acted in self-defense when he shot 43-year-old Ki Nahouakhong.

This week the Court of Appeals disagreed, citing witnesses who testified that they didn’t see an altercation between the men before the shooting.

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