Anthony Paul Johnson Jr., Giang Thuy Nguyen, Tam Hung Nguyen and Truc Ngoc Tran Convicted of Cold-Case Killing of Gang Buddy

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Last month, Anthony Paul Johnson Jr. managed to snag one of our coveted Ugly Police Mugshot of the Week honors.

Today, he and three of his gang-banging pals were convicted of gunning down a teen colleague in 1995.

Johnson, 35, of Westminster; Giang Thuy Nguyen, 36, of Fountain Valley; Tam Hung Nguyen, 36, of Riverside; and Truc Ngoc Tran, 34, of Santa Ana, are now looking at possible life in state prison without parole at their June 8 sentencing in Santa Ana.

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All photos courtesy of Orange County District Attorney's office
Anthony Paul Johnson Jr.: convicted murderer and one ugly mug.
A jury found each guilty of one felony count of murder and one felony count of conspiracy to commit murder with sentencing enhancement allegations for murder by lying in wait and committing a crime for the benefit of a criminal street gang. There were also sentencing enhancements found true for Johnson (murder to avoid arrest), Tam Nguyen (personal discharge of a firearm) and Giang Nguyen (murder to avoid arrest and crime-bail-crime, or committing a crime while out on bail in an unrelated case).

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Giang Thuy Nguyen
Johnson, Giang Nguyen and Viet Nguyen, 18, of Huntington Beach, wore masks the morning of Feb. 24, 1995, when they pulled a home invasion robbery at the home of one of Viet's Ocean View High School classmates. Thinking he'd been recognized, Viet split, leaving the other two gang members to fend for themselves.

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Tam Hung Nguyen
That same evening, Johnson, Giang Nguyen, Tam Nguyen and Tran met at a house in Midway City and conspired to murder Viet Nguyen in retaliation for abandoning them and to prevent him from implicating the others. The next morning, Johnson and Giang Nguyen convinced Viet to drive Tam Nguyen's van for a drug run while the owner sat in the back. During the ride, Tam Nguyen faked an illness to get Viet to pull over onto the shoulder of the 73 freeway in Costa Mesa, which is where Tam Nguyen pulled out a semi-automatic and shot Viet execution-style in the back of the head.

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Truc Ngoc Tran
The murder had been a cold case until the Costa Mesa Police Department re-opened the investigation in 2006.

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8 comments
Tor1986
Tor1986

I'd like to know what the hell this site was thinking when they let some moron write a description on a man who is the exact opposite. Anthony is my best friend. I know he could care less what people say about him but I can't ignore it. This horribly written article is hurting all families involved.

supersupersuper
supersupersuper

lmao, you've got to be kidding. Home invasions, robbery, murder, etc..these guys have done it all, including your friend Anthony. This is 1 of the many criminal acts this crew has done. Two of their crew are on death row for torture and murder of an innocent girl in Irvine. OCCourts.org. Same crew. I think they were sentenced on Friday. Anyone know what they received for their crime?

Velocity
Velocity

The article said sentencing was originally scheduled for June 8, but looking at the latest Orange County DA case management calendar, sentencing is apparently rescheduled for August 10, 2012.  Case # 09ZF0050. 

Stef333
Stef333

 LOL thanks for the laugh!!!!!!!

mitch young
mitch young

Tatted up skinhead losers are bad enough -- the this dick is pathetic. This is what happens when white kids are swamped demographically and have their history systematically erased by the 'education' system.

BetaRayBill
BetaRayBill

What the hell are you talking about? and moreover, you behave like a skinhead all the time on you blogs. 

jj.streets
jj.streets

Mitch, is just using piss-poor excuses for his brethren...........

Tor1986
Tor1986

Thank you! Someone had to say it.

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