Weston Kruger: Case of the Fatal Porno Theft

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In July 2007, Weston Scott Kruger desperately wanted a porn magazine while in Newport Beach and he didn't want to pay for it.

When you're 6-foot-5 and 275 pounds like Kruger, you have a chance to get your way.

But even a moron knows that you are supposed to pay for items you remove from a store or risk trouble.

Yet, Kruger inexplicably picked up an adult magazine, stuffed it under his shirt and left a Newport Beach liquor store when the owner, Hao Huynh, told him to stop.

Outside the store, Kruger turned a simple misdemeanor theft into a felony murder in a flash.

Before fleeing, he knocked the much smaller Huynh to the ground, causing the Vietnamese immigrant to strike his head on concrete and eventually die from a fractured skull and massive bleeding.

During a 2010 jury trial, Kruger testified that he had initially intended to steal the magazine but intended to return it when Huynh approached him outside the store. He hadn't hidden it at his home after the killing to thwart police but rather to keep his girlfriend in the dark. She apparently did not approve of porno.

Not surprisingly, the jury found Kruger guilty of murder, Superior Court Judge W. Michael Hayes sentenced him to a term of 25 years to life in a California prison and the convicted killer appealed.

According to Kruger's reasoning, he could only be convicted of murder if the theft of the magazine had been a felony robbery. He maintained that he was guilty only of a simple misdemeanor theft and, at worse, manslaughter. A new trial should be ordered, he argued.
 
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Kruger's mug shot stemming from a separate 2007 robbery conviction.
But a three-justice panel at a California Court of Appeal based in Santa Ana this week determined that Kruger's trial was righteous and that the simple theft became a felony robbery when the now 33-year-old defendant used force to leave with the scene with the porno.

Causing a death--even if unintended--in the commission of a felony is murder in this state.

Case closed.

--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly

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32 comments
Beezling
Beezling

Just watched this guy on Lockup. Sad story all around. But I recuse myself from comment, Scott might be a drinking buddy from the days of Cassidy's so I'm biased in his favor. Although I harbor an inexplicable and irrational loathing of anyone named Scott, so maybe that balances things out.

67Insider
67Insider

I'll forward this on to the producers of 48 Hours Mystery.  They can in turn proclaim Kruger as wrongfully accused and convicted.

Bob Obb
Bob Obb

I love this country.

YagDoo
YagDoo

I will never understand what drives a person to such insanity. Just makes no sense dude.real-privacy.au.tc

Soho_d J
Soho_d J

More dumb white trash in O.C.  

Briansays
Briansays

given the size difference its more than reasonable to conclude that he should have know his own strength/fists absent any weapon could be construed as a lethal weaponsimilar to a prize fighter

 

mitch young
mitch young

People still buy porn mags? They still exist at all? There is all the *free* porn you want on the interwebs these days, what was the dude thinking? 

949girl
949girl

This really is a sad story.  First off, for the victim.  I also feel bad for Weston though.  He acted stupidly, but he's not a killer.  Yeah, I know he killed him but it wasn't premeditated and just a really unfortunate freak accident. 

Joe
Joe

White people do not commit crimes like this!  This has to be a mistake..............

sojo
sojo

Fuck soho_d j

he loves little kids wrong spots

Guest
Guest

Obviously he wasn't. He could have just gone home and banged his girlfriend.

pogi
pogi

Shoving the guy to the ground was no accident, his death was attributed to this act!!!! 

Let me guess the store owner was 5'5" and 130lbs and he went after a guy 6'5" 275lbs, those odds do not favor the righteous or the fool!!!!

The clerk lost his life over 6 dollars and the perp pissed his life away for a quick beat off session!!!!

Sad day for humanity...

Spicy Mike
Spicy Mike

Why are you so sympathetic to this idiot?  Was he doing you?  Or maybe you're the girlfriend referred to in the article...you are in the 949 area code.

Just saying
Just saying

I'm sure when someone kills another person while (DUI) its an accident too.

mitch young
mitch young

White people don't commit crimes like this *at the same rate* as blacks or hispanics. That's a fact. Asians commit crimes like this at a lower rate than whites.

Bradsf007
Bradsf007

Your bigotry is insulting even to those of us who are white.

949girl
949girl

Spicy,I'm not sympathetic to him...did you read where I said that it was sad for the victim, first off?  But I do think he was overcharged by getting 1st degree.  As far as your statement about my area code implying he was doing me, that just makes you sound foolish.  Half of Orange County has the 949 and I would guess most readers on the OCWeekly.com are either 949 or 714. 

joeyjojo
joeyjojo

Your right white people commit crimes like raping kids in churches ahem ahem priests and going over see for little Taiwanese kids. Somethings not right here lol

kls525
kls525

White people don't get prosecuted for committing crimes like this "at the same rate" as blacks or hispanics. THAT'S a fact.

Joe
Joe

How are the rates in Arkansas?

Joe
Joe

It was sarcasm.............

sojo
sojo

It was GAY PORN!

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