Phanhsay Phanivong, 41, who has been in jail for nearly five years, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, though under the law in effect at the time of the crime he is eligible for parole since he has served 30 percent of his sentence.
Phanivong will serve the remaining 10 years of his sentence under the supervision of the Community Corrections Program which diverts felony offenders from the prison system while providing supervision to reduce future criminal behavior.
He pled guilty in the murder of 23-year-old Angela Perkins who was shot to death during a robbery attempt in the early-morning hours of Feb. 14, 1994, near Mendenhall and Spottswood in East Memphis as she was driving home from work.
The case went unsolved for years, but in 2014 a man serving prison time in Texas for an unrelated homicide told Memphis cold-case police detectives that Phanivong and another man were responsible for Perkins’ death.
The second man, Sathit Ep, 40, also is charged with felony murder in the case. He is free on $25,000 bond.
The cases are being handled by Administrative Asst. Reginald Henderson and by Asst. Dist. Atty. Carla Taylor of the DA’s Crime Strategies Prosecution Unit which incorporates and expands the work of the Multi-Agency Gang Unit, the Organized Crime Unit, Project Safe Neighborhoods/Gundone, GunStat, the Safe Streets Task Force and the Violent Crime Unit.