Posted By CotoBlogzz 05-07-2010 10:00 ASM
ANA - Cuong Viet Nguyen, a former fugitive featured on "America's Most Wanted" was
sentenced today to 55 years to life in state prison for murdering a man
in 2005 by shooting him several times outside of a bar after attacking
him with a belt, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office.
Cuong Viet Nguyen, 29, formerly of Garden Grove, was
found guilty by a jury March 24, 2010, of one felony count of murder
with a sentencing enhancement for the personal discharge of a firearm
causing death. The defendant has a prior strike conviction from 1998
On June 26, 2005, Nguyen went with a group of
friends to All Star Bar in Stanton and got into a fight inside the bar
with another group of men, including victim Tri Van Bui. The bouncers
instructed Bui's group to leave the bar.
Nguyen and an unknown
friend waited outside of the bar for Bui. After the victim had finished
speaking with a bouncer, the defendant and his friend chased and caught
the victim, removed their belts and repeatedly hit him in the head
using the buckle. When Bui was on the ground, Nguyen pulled out a
firearm and murdered the victim by shooting him six times.
fled the scene. A warrant was issued for his arrest in 2006. In the
spring of 2008, the defendant was featured on the television program
"America's Most Wanted." A tip received from a viewer who recognized
Nguyen from the show led investigators to Phoenix, where Nguyen was
located and arrested in June 2008. The defendant was brought back to
Orange County from Arizona on June 18, 2008, to face charges.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Ebrahim Baytieh of the Homicide Unit prosecuted this case.