Gang member sentenced to life

Anthony Clark Carpio (Daily Pilot) | August 9, 2013

A Fountain Valley man was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for his part in the 1995 death of a fellow Vietnamese street gang member.

Giang Thuy Nguyen, 37, had been found guilty April 10, 2012, of murder and conspiracy to commit murder. A sentencing enhancement of murder to avoid arrest was found to be true, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney’s office.

Co-defendants Anthony Paul Johnson, 37, of Westminster, Tam Hung Nguyen, 47, of Riverside, and Truc Ngoc Tran, 36, of Santa Ana, were previously sentenced to life in prison without the possibly of parole on the same charges.

The four ki*led fellow gang member Viet Nguyen on Feb. 25, 1995, in Costa Mesa because he fled from the group as they were allegedly committing while masked a home invasion robbery in Huntington Beach the day before, according to the statement.

The gang reportedly was robbing the home of Viet Nguyen’s high school clblankmate the morning of Feb 24, 1995. He fled because he thought the victim of the robbery may have recognized him, the statement said.

Read more at: http://www.dailypilot.com/news/tn-dpt-me-0810-nguyen-sentence-20130809,0,6005139.story

Photo credit:  Orange County district attorney’s office

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