Little Saigon Wah Ching Gangster Anh Duoc Nguyen Learns His Fate

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Wah Ching!
In less than 15 seconds in the middle of the night on June 2, 2007 in Orange County's Little Saigon, gun-happy Vietnamese immigrant Anh Duoc Nguyen, though just 17 years old, forever lost his youth and his freedom.

Until Jan. 20, Nguyen--a onetime Garden Grove High School student and member of the Wah Ching criminal street gang--waited more than 1,670 days inside the Orange County Jail to officially learn his fate.

He committed his crimes on that June 2007 morning, lost his jury trial in 2011 and faced Superior Court Judge William Froeberg for his punishment yesterday.

Joanne Harrold, Nguyen's defense attorney, pleaded with Froeberg to be lenient because her client had been so young at the time of his crimes. It was true that the defendant's conduct had been sparked by juvenile emotions. He'd attempted to murder five people at Westminster's Bowling Green Park after one of his victims jokingly listing his hometown as "Garden Gang"--not Garden Grove--on his MySpace homepage.

Nguyen--who'd been a violent troublemaker in school and had been known to address his teachers as "bitch"--considered the joke offensive and worthy of the ultimate punishment: death. According to law enforcement reports, he yelled his gang's name before firing five gun shots. One victim was hit in the stomach and back, and suffered severe spinal wounds. Doctors were forced to remove about 12 inches of that man's intestines as well.

Detectives at the Westminster Police Department pieced together the facts of the crime and eventually arrested Nguyen, who first denied but later admitted his gang membership. It didn't help his cause that he possessed a "MPWC" baseball cap (Monterey Park Wah Ching) and carried the gang's tattoo on a wrist: three round burn marks.

At the sentencing hearing, Nguyen--wearing an Orange jail jumpsuit and chains--sat quietly at a table and watched Harrold, a former municipal judge who now enjoys a healthy legal practice representing accused Vietnamese hoodlums, relentlessly push for leniency. Froeberg listened patiently and rejected each of her attempts. She even asked him to consider Nguyen's jailhouse art, which she believes underscores his tender, non-murderous side.

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Nguyen hopes he can get a new trial
The judge declined to look at the art before sentencing Nguyen to spend the rest of his life in a California prison. When he's done with that punishment, the gangster must serve an extra 25 years, according to Froeberg.

A disappointed Harrold sighed. But she's still not giving up. She says she has already prepared an appeal in hopes of winning a new trial.

As two bailiffs removed Nguyen from the courtroom in preparation for his trip to a penitentiary, the now 22-year-old defendant looked at the courtroom ceiling and slowly shook his head.

It could have been the last time in his life that he'll be outside of a prison.

--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly

(rscottmoxley at ocweekly dot com)

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John1234
John1234

Now you see, how gangs started. All you are bunch of idiots

Joseph
Joseph

But judge, look! It's Buzz Buzzard! Woody Woodpecker!

fubar
fubar

...and the judge sentenced Californians to pay for this psycho killer's room & board for the rest of his life. I believe capital punishment is sometimes appropriate. This is one of those times. Murder, treason and theft that harms millions, like Bernie Madoff.Hopefully his life behind bars will be short.

WhaaaaaaaaatThe
WhaaaaaaaaatThe

Whaaa? I thought I was playing against him tonight at commerce casino. keke

Asdfasdfsafd
Asdfasdfsafd

Oh, and let me help you out.Itzcoatl Ocampo = 4, Worthless Chalk Colored Larvae = 0. Hilarious.

Henry
Henry

Yes indeed! That poor little, Dinky Dow - Gook deserved to be deported back to his V.C. Gook country! Where he belongs!

JB
JB

"She even asked him to consider Nguyen's jailhouse art, which she believes underscores his tender, non-murderous side."

LOL

Roughneck
Roughneck

You definitely were not playing against him, cause he was at home with your mother and sister, maybe your old lady too

Roughneck
Roughneck

I know, should've unloaded on your bitch-ass...wasted his bullets. 

Roughneck
Roughneck

Yes, he is rotting in prison...along with your whole bloodline of incestuous relatives.

Roughneck
Roughneck

The bitch is you, cause your ass is hiding behind a firewall and pumping your chest and another man's dick simultaneously...talented!!!!

Roughneck
Roughneck

Yeah, "wah ching" you and your mother fucking, bitch.

Asjdflkasjdflksdf
Asjdflkasjdflksdf

Oh everyone its the trailer troll "bitch young."  Let's find out his URL and post his address for the wah chings to pay their respects.  Pathetic unemployed fat ass mayonnaise bactieria.  Nothing a little Zyclon B can cure.  Hey bitch, what's happening?

Roughneck
Roughneck

You prob don't got the nuts to make your statement to this dinky WC gook, face to face...bitch. That's why ur doing this on line

Henry Gingrich
Henry Gingrich

I have an idea.  Let's deport you back to the Tustin trailer park and your gap-toothed inbred momma jamma you worthless fat obese smelly pig.  Oink oink Elvis.

Harleyjbanks
Harleyjbanks

hahaha zyklon b will cure any problem, just ask hitler

mitch young
mitch young

Oh, and let me help you out.

"Nothing a little Zyclon B *can* cure" --> "Nothing a little Zyclon B |can't| cure". It's that whole double negative, logic thing. I'm sure if you really stretch to the limits of your mental capacity, you can 'get' it. 

mitch young
mitch young

Man, I'm sorry I didn't get around to reading this until now. It's great!

Still, you haven't addressed the logic issue. I suggest trying your local community college for a basic class in reasoning. 

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

These are the insults I can stand by--but no threats of gangs, m'kay?

Bitch Young
Bitch Young

Dear bitch, "nothing," as you are a nullity, a cipher, a non-existent abstract of excrement secreted by Mormans through their magic underwear on a bedsheet, a stain, an afterthought.  "can cure" as in a fading mongrel race, a minority, whose inherent irrelevance and ignorance can be cured by a rat poison.  Sorry your bible college education requires an explanation but that is what you get when your whiny bitch-ass ignorant statements reveal that you are a worthless unemployed loser.

Roughneck
Roughneck

Please clarify if you're shaking from fear or just shaking your man's dick after he's jizzed in your asshole...or both.

bitch young
bitch young

Shaking?  No doubt from a veneral disease.

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