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Gang member gets 50 years to life for extortion-driven murder of Alhambra restaurant owner

Former San Gabriel resident Xia Lin, 28, was sentenced on Tuesday to 50 years to life in prison for the murder of then-43-year-old Qin Jin Fang. Prosecution said that Lin shot Fang in the garage of the victim’s home on the 300 block of North Monterey Street in Alhambra.
 
Jurors found Lin guilty of first-degree murder after less than a day of deliberating, reports MyNewsLA. The jurors found true allegations that the crime was committed on the behalf of a criminal street gang.
 
The prosecution argued that Lin was a member of the United Bamboo gang, and that the gang was attempting to extort money from the businessman, the Pasadena Star-News reports. Fang was in his car when Lin, wearing a ski mask, shot him with a 22-caliber gun that was equipped with a silencer, said the prosecutor.
 
Lin was arrested after officers spotted him in a white Mercedes that matched the vehicle that witnesses saw at the scene of the shooting. The mask and gun was later retrieved by authorities. The prosecution said that DNA evidence from the mask and gun were linked with Lin.
 
According to the Star-News, Deputy District Attorney David Ayvazian of the Hardcore Gang Division said the court instructed Lin to pay $1,701 to the state for the cost of counseling given to the victim’s family.
 
In a previous article on the Source, a writer reported that United Bamboo "has had a presence in the San Gabriel Valley since the late 1960s and 1970s, with members tied to the 1984 slaying of journalist Henry Liu, according to the Star-News. United Bamboo has since been connected with extortion schemes targeting Asian business owners, drug sales, and prostitution."

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