two-month trial in a U.S. District Court, jurors were asked to decide the fate of Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow
, the alleged Chinatown mobster charged with ordering two murders
, money laundering, extortion, and trafficking in drugs, counterfeit cigarettes, and liquor.
This morning, the verdict came in: guilty of two conspiracies to murder and racketeering.
The 56-year-old Chow became the dragonhead of the Chee Kung Tong association just six months after Allen Leung, the previous leader, was murdered in his Chinatown office in 2006. Chow was accused of ordering the hit and, according to the prosecution, also ordered another hit against a member of the Hop Sing Tong street gang, who was murdered, along with his wife, in Mendocino County.
Chow was indicted in 2014 after an undercover federal probe into alleged corruption
in Chinatown — the same probe that resulted in former state. Sen. Leland Yee
pleading guilty to accepting bribes in exchange for political favors and illegal gun-smuggling. (Mayor Lee
, whose third inauguration is happening this morning, was also accused of accepting bribes.)
As ABC 7
reports, during the trial’s closing arguments, attorney Tony Serra reiterated that tong associates and an undercover FBI agent who testified against Chow weren’t credible.
The jury apparently disagreed.
On Tuesday, after a