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Man convicted in fatal stabbing outside Sacramento restaurant

A gang member has been convicted of second-degree murder in the 2014 death of an Olivehurst man outside a Sacramento restaurant.

A Sacramento County jury on Wednesday also found that John Yang, 20, used a dangerous or deadly weapon in committing the crime, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

Yong Lor, 31, was killed May 27, 2014, after his family stopped for dinner at the Pho Bac restaurant on Broadway in Sacramento on their way home from Santa Cruz.

Inside the restaurant, they encountered Yang and six of his associates from the Hmong Nation Society gang, authorities said. When Yang recognized some of the Lor family members who had past connections with a rival gang, Yang stared at them and made gestures, authorities said.

The Lors left the restaurant to avoid trouble and protect the safety of their family members, including two young children and an elderly mother, authorities said. When the family reached the parking lot, Yang’s group attacked the Lor brothers. John Yang stabbed Yong Lor, severing his aortic artery and killing him. Yong Lor’s wife, brothers, mother and children witnessed the stabbing.

Yang is to be sentenced Sept. 30 before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Ernest Sawtelle.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy