Plea change denied in shooting death of Sara Hougom

Pao Choua Vue requested his guilty plea be thrown out

A La Crosse man’s appeal to change his guilty plea in the shooting death of a young woman was denied.

Pao Choua Vue, 23, drove his nephew who robbed and fatally shot 20-year-old Sara Hougom in 2012.

Vue pleaded guilty to first degree reckless homicide as part to the crime. Vue asked the court to throw out his guilty plea after a new attorney told him it’s possible a jury would not have proven he intentionally set out to help his nephew rob someone.

La Crosse County Judge Todd Bjerke denied the request.

Vue is serving a 35 year prison sentence.