25- to 50-year term in deadly block party shooting

Posted: July 11, 2013

A South Philadelphia man was sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison Tuesday for a 2010 block-party shootout that left one person dead and three others wounded.

In sentencing Saroeun Chhab, Common Pleas Court Judge Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi called him a "danger to the community, a serious menace."

Speaking before he was sentenced, Chhab said he was a drug and alcohol addict and insisted he had no memory of the April 3, 2010, incident in which 24-year-old Ranny Thon was killed and three of Thon's relatives wounded.

"I didn't intend to kill anybody that morning," Chhab, 30, told DeFino-Nastasi. "I woke up just wanting to enjoy my day. Whatever happened that day, I don't know."

The judge seemed incredulous when Chhab said he did not know where he got the gun and drugs the day of the shootings.

"They didn't just drop from the sky," DeFino-Nastasi replied, adding: "You don't remember a single thing about this incident, but you knew how to get a gun."

In March, a Philadelphia jury found Chhab guilty of third-degree murder, aggravated assault, and firearms charges.

According to trial testimony, Ranny Thon was shot to death about 2:30 a.m. as he tried to settle a loud dispute among Chhab and guests at a get-together outside a house in a Cambodian enclave on Eighth Street near Moyamensing Avenue.

Witnesses said the argument lasted about 30 minutes and then subsided, only to escalate over 15 minutes until the shooting began.

Contact Joseph A. Slobodzian at 215-854-2985 or jslobodzian@phillynews.com.

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