VIDEO: Raymond ‘Shrimp Boy’ Chow guilty on all counts of murder, racketeering


SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — A federal jury announced Friday that Chee Kung Tong leader Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow is guilty of all 162 charges.

The charges on which he was convicted include racketeering conspiracy; the 2006 murder of Allen Leung, his predecessor as Tong leader; conspiracy to murder another rival; five counts of conspiring to receive and transport stolen liquor and cigarettes across state lines; and 154 counts of money laundering.

He will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer on March 23. The murder in aid of racketeering conviction carries a mandatory life sentence.

Chow, 56, became the dragonhead of the Chee Kung Tong several months after Leung was slain by a masked gunman in his Chinatown business office in February 2006. Prosecutors alleged Chow ordered the killing.

The defense contended that Chow reformed and renounced crime after completing a previous racketeering and gun trafficking sentence in 2003, and became a community leader dedicated to helping youth. Prosecutors alleged that he ran a faction of the tong as an ongoing criminal enterprise.

Defense attorney Tony Serra said Chow will appeal the verdict.

“The defense feels frustrated, agonized and outraged,” Serra said. “We feel like we have been stabbed in the back by the jury.”

Federal prosecutors charged Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow in October.

Chow is accused of arranging the 2006 slaying of Allen Leung, who preceded Chow as the leader of the Chinese fraternal group Ghee Kung Tong. Chow is also accused of soliciting the murder of Jim Tat Kong, a member of a San Francisco street gang.

Chow pleaded not guilty all charges.

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