Thanh Van Quang, Who Earned 5th Strike for Blowing Up His Ex-Motel Room, Gets 33 Years

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For several minutes of supreme assholiness, Thanh Van Quang is going to be rotting in state prison for 33 years to life.

That's not entirely accurate because Quang's most-recent crimes--pouring gasoline in the room of a Santa Ana motel that had evicted him, setting off an explosion and fire--combined with five felony strikes to earn the Fountain Valley 38-year-old the long prison stretch.

Thanh Van Quang's Lawyer Says His Third-Striker Client is Not an Arsonist, Just "Stupid"

Now, I only had Quang with three strikes--for voluntary manslaughter, armed robbery and assault with a firearm--heading into the trial, which was highlighted by his defense attorney maintaining his client did not commit arson but may have done something "stupid." Ah, the stupidity defense ...

Actually, Quang had a fourth strike for robbery before the trial and now five after his arson conviction on Oct. 30. The jury found him guilty of felony arson of an inhabited property and possession of a flammable material with sentencing enhancements for arson with use of an accelerant. Besides the 33 years to life in the joint, he was ordered by the judge Friday to pay more than $177,000 in restitution.

Here are the deets: Around 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 30, 2012, Quang was entering (ouch!) entertaining guests in his room at Pueblo Motel at 1501 N. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana--a violation of the house rules. That led to an argument with motel owner-manager Myung Cha that ended with Quang being kicked out.

About an hour later, Cha spotted Quang on the motel property with a gas can, which was not a good sign because the ex-guest did not own a car. Quang busted into his old room, removed some of his belongings, poured gasoline inside and closed the door and curtains.

Then something unexpected happened--BOOM!--a loud explosion that blew Quang out the front door of his former room, damaging it and some adjacent rooms. Cha dialed 9-1-1 and an Orange County sheriff's deputy responded to the motel. The deputy rolled up to see Quang walking away in the parking lot, but the odds were stacked against him trying to talk his way out of strike No. 5.

His hair was singed and his back, hands and arm were burned. You might call it the smoking Quang.

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jilllee
jilllee

looks crazy, acts crazy…..glad he is off the streets. 

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

AGAIN, ANOTHER LEFTY regulation backfires and some tardo is allowed to commit numerous crimes before he 


"strikes out"



Luis Roman
Luis Roman

Only in California 5 strikes Smfh!!

Cecilia Gomez
Cecilia Gomez

33 years is tooo long, isnt it??? Kind of a DUMB sentence when child molesters get released all the friggin time!!!!!

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

That moron is lucky he didn't injure or kill somebody. Jail is exactly where he belongs. He's a textbook "menace to society".

Rick Hale
Rick Hale

C'mon, man! It's the OC Weakly, not the OC Register.

Kesha Rivera
Kesha Rivera

But they give child molesters and rapists less time.... go figure

Terri Enyeart Frost
Terri Enyeart Frost

I would think anyone hired to write a blog for a newspaper would have an IQ higher than Bill & Ted. Supreme assholiness? Really? Explain how one enters a guest. Deets? Have some respect for your profession & learn to write.

Forest Knott
Forest Knott

Do him a favor and just give him the death penalty

Jack Green
Jack Green

"Around 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 30, 2012, Quang was entering guests in his room at Pueblo Motel..." I hope he used lube.

Chad Macy
Chad Macy

The Smoking Quang... Brilliant ending.

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@joedelariva ... And if you've ever been entered by Mr. Quang, you know how painful that is. Actually, that should have read "entertaining." Nice catch!

roman_archer
roman_archer

Props for turning a typo into comedy Matt. Plus I won't feel so bad next time I read one of my typo laced posts. It's good to know even the pro's make a slip up now and then.

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