Anthony Paul Johnson, "White Boy" in Vietnamese Gang, Gets Life for '95 Murder
Despite our onetime Ugly Police Mugshot of the Week modelist's appearance, he belongs or belonged to a Vietnamese criminal street gang that killed a dude.
Today, besides Westminsterer, ugly mugger, gang banger and murderer, Johnson got another identifier: lifer.
Convicted in April alongside Giang Thuy Nguyen, Tam Hung Nguyen and Truc Ngoc Tran, 36-year-old Johnson was sentenced today to life in state prison without the possibility of parole for the execution-style murder of 18-year-old Viet Nguyen in 1995. The co-defendants, who called Johnson "White Boy," are expected to draw life sentences of their own on Sept. 21.
Anthony Paul Johnson Jr., Vietnamese Gang's "White Boy" and the Week's Ugliest Police Mug
"Since the day we laid our son to rest, we have never stopped thinking about him, of his infectious smile," stated Viet Nguyen's father, in a victim-impact statement read to the court today. "People tell us they hope we will be able to have some sense of closure. We don't know if we ever will. My other two sons and three daughters have lost their brother. How do you close an open wound in your heart?"
Johnson, Giang Nguyen and Viet Nguyen wore masks the morning of Feb. 24, 1995, when they pulled a home invasion robbery at the home of one of Viet's classmates at Ocean View High School in Huntington Beach. Thinking he'd been made, Viet split, leaving Johnson and Giang Nguyen to fend for themselves.
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 anyone.