DATE: July 21, 2017
CASE: Hung Phi Nguyen (#95F05136)
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Jeff Hightower, Homicide Unit
The Honorable David De Alba sentenced Hung Phi Nguyen to life in prison without the possibility of parole plus an additional 99 years. On June 22, 2017, a jury convicted Nguyen for the first-degree murders of Ri Nguyen and Say Ngo. Nguyen was also convicted of four counts of attempted murder.
In 1995, Hung Phi Nguyen and two others were attempting to take over an extortion racket of Chinese gambling businesses in south Sacramento. On May 17, 1995, Hung Phi Nguyen shot at Thang Bui and Duong Phan in a case of mistaken identity. On June 27, 1995, Hung Phi Nguyen and his cohorts then shot and killed Ri Nguyen, their extortion competition. They also killed Say Ngo, the owner of a gambling business. Mark Huang and San Vong were shot in the crossfire, but both survived their injuries. The other two defendants were tried and convicted of the double murder in 1995. Hung Phi Nguyen eluded law enforcement until he was captured while crossing the Arizona-California border in 2011.
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