Little Saigon Gangster Shoots People & Thinks He Deserves Wrist Slap

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Nguyen loses appeal
A group of young Asian American adults stood in the parking lot of a Little Saigon Mexican restaurant in Sept. 2008, puffed their chests, mad dogged each other and angrily screamed their opposing criminal street gang affiliations.

"V Boys!" some yelled.

"Cadillac Boyz!" the rivals yelled.

"Asian Gang!" still others yelled.

Cadillac Boyz member Jim Hoang Tran retrieved a gun and handed it to Steven Phung Nguyen, who fired warning shots into the ground in hopes of winning respect.

"Do you want to get blasted?" Nguyen said.

The V Boys weren't impressed and continued to yell their gang affiliation, which prompted an unnerved Nguyen to shoot one of the rivals in the leg and another in the chest.

A 2012 Orange County jury agreed that Nguyen committed two counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter and did so for the benefit of a gang.

Superior Court Judge Francisco P. Briseno sentenced the defendant to prison.

But Nguyen appealed his convictions, arguing that the shooting was an act originating in the heat of passion and not a thoughtful move to improve the street credibility of Cadillac Boyz (a.k.a. "Caddy Lost Boyz").

Late last month, a California Court of Appeal based in Santa Ana considered the argument and issued a 13-page opinion that declined to accept the defendant's characterization of himself as a relatively harmless kid.

Before the shooting, Nguyen had chosen to join a gang and been caught committing vandalism at age 15 and selling methamphetamine at 16, according to court records.

After he turned 18, the criminal cases against him continued: possession of narcotics, theft, drug sales and then the stupid Westminster shooting incident.

Given that history and the use of a firearm, Justices Richard Aronson, Kathleen O'Leary and William Bedsworth didn't buy Nguyen's argument that he deserved only probation as punishment.

The justices also concluded that Nguyen's assertion that a gang enhancement shouldn't apply is meritless.

"The jury rejected defendant's claim he acted in self-defense," Justice Aronson wrote for the panel. "Ample evidence supported [the jury's] conclusion defendant responded [to words from his rivals] by assaulting the victims for their disrespectful treatment of defendant and his gang."

Upshot: Nguyen, 24, will continue to serve his 13-year punishment inside Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga.

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25 comments
rofl
rofl

sounds like a little kid wrote this

alanh714
alanh714

This kid should have stayed home and play Grand Theft Auto V on his PS3.  What can't he do in GTA that he can't do in real life, vandalize,drug dealer, thug, etc. without getting a actual real life wrap sheet.  This stuffs is so 1990s

dragon
dragon

Hey, ya do the crime...ya do the time.  Have fun in jail.  Oh, and you're a fuckin' disgrace.  Just wanted you to know that.  I feel sorry for your parents.

andyta714
andyta714

Sounds like junior high student wrote this article.

nurse.network3
nurse.network3

You can be a thug and have common sense.

You can have all the money, education in the world and can't stand up for yourself.

So define "thug".

I wouldn't laugh because you're an idiot for speaking out of racism.

Jeff Swanner
Jeff Swanner

If he wants to seem more harmless he may want to start by not giving the stinkeye the guy taking his mugshot. ...and stop shooting at people while yelling your gang affiliation. That is sure to make people think you are shooting at people because you are in a gang.

Xander Lombardo
Xander Lombardo

It seems that they only post shit that's not south county related, always making the rest look bad, what's next Santa Ana OC weekly?

Xicano
Xicano

Asian Gangs haha what a Joke put them in prison and they will see this isn't comic con where people "pose" as something they want to be but really aren't. Latinos and Blacks have a history connected to why there are gangs, thats not to say its ok. But Asian gangs are a joke period.

Chris Kennedy
Chris Kennedy

dafuq is there a mexican food restaurant in little saigon?

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

you leftists and your attempts to f the system , usually works but not this time



vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

Anyone remember the Macgyver episode where the Neo-Nazis gave all the black gang members guns so they'd kill each other off. Not a bad idea. Unlike the Blacks and Mexicans who usually make excuses and attend protests for their gang members, most Asians would donate money to fund this extermination for Asian gang members. 

Janina Uhmm
Janina Uhmm

LMAO @ who does he think he is..an OC Sheriff

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

Upshot...pun not intended 


rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

@andyta714 Nice try, but not quite right, Andy. This news article was farmed out to the wonderful boys and girls of Mrs. Johnson's third-grade journalism class at Romona Elementary School. We wanted to insure that a person of your impressive intelligence could comprehend its contents.


rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

@Xander Lombardo You make no sense. Sober up and try again.

Hiobedientsoldeir
Hiobedientsoldeir

@Xicano but long story short, asian gangs can not be as obedient to the higher up as you guys, doing as your og wishes


asian gangs put family, and themselves infront of gangs, that is a downfall for prison powwer, but honestly, lmfao, i rather not stay in prison for some ogs heart content praying to him

Hiobedientsoldeir
Hiobedientsoldeir

@Xicano Lol asians are known as gangs back in the 1800's even earlier while you guys are still half naked singing trible shit slapping your ass by the fire...



besides that yeah you are right asians do not fit well in prison system, because they want to get out make money, get pussy, they are not super obedient soldiers whos only love is there higher up like you guys, who would put their gang infront of their freedom, and kill in prison just to their og's heart content...


bravo

Zeno
Zeno

@Xicano You laughed at Asian gangs yet other law abiding Latinos and Blacks are laughing at you. A thug is a thug no matter where they come from.

Hiobedientsoldeir
Hiobedientsoldeir

@Chris Kennedy  i think they meant some restaurant called alertos or albertos on the outskirts of little saigon, thats the only one i can think of because asian gangs always kicked it there, hell i think there was a shooting there 2 days ago

theburningdown
theburningdown

@sweetliberty17761776 What leftists? Who in this article was identified as a leftist? Are you talking about Vietnamese-Americans? They usually align themselves with conservative republicans. This decision was a no brainer. all around.

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