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May 2, 2013

Missouri man gets life in prison for ‘knockout game’ attack

A St. Louis man has been sentenced to life in prison plus 25 years for killing a Vietnamese immigrant as part of a so-called “knockout game” attack.

A St. Louis man has been sentenced to life in prison plus 25 years for killing a Vietnamese immigrant as part of a so-called “knockout game” attack.

The sentence was handed down Thursday for 20-year-old Elex Murphy. He was convicted last month of second-degree murder and first-degree assault in the April 2011 killing of 72-year-old Hoang Nguyen.

Nguyen was walking home with his wife from a trip to a store when he was attacked by a four teenagers. Three other people were reported to be with Murphy that day, but no one else was charged in the case.

In the knockout game, people are picked at random and beaten. The attacks are sometimes captured on cellphone video, and some have been posted on social media sites.

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