S.F. man pleads guilty to karaoke club murder

A 25-year-old San Francisco man agreed to plead no contest Thursday in San Mateo County Superior Court to a fatal shooting outside a San Mateo karaoke club in 2004, San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

In return for a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter with a firearm use enhancement, Wei An Lu admitted to shooting Wei Cheng Ma, 30, of Daly City, on July 8, 2004.

Prosecutors dismissed a murder charge and Lu was sentenced today to 13 years in prison, Wagstaffe said.

Following an argument inside Aqua Sound KTV Karaoke club at 273 South Railroad Ave. in San Mateo, Lu shot Ma in the head with a handgun outside the club around 2 a.m., according to Wagstaffe.

The shooting occurred shortly after an argument between Lu's friends and Ma's friends, who were in separate guest rooms at the club, according to the district attorney's office.

On the evening of July 16, 2004, police officers in San Francisco arrested Lu after recognizing him from a police flyer, according to the

district attorney's office.

— Bay City News

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