Death Penalty Upheld For Vietnam War Refugee Who Went On Hospital Killing Rampage

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Orange County's Dung Dinh Anh Trinh couldn't control his anger in September 1999, after his 72-year-old mother suffered a fatal heart attack.

"You American people kill [sic] my mother," Trinh declared to police after a nasty, retaliation crime spree inside the West Anaheim Medical Center. "Now I kill you. You kill my people. I kill you. You know, you just kill [sic] my mother."

Distraught about what he saw as the evils of western medicine and doctors, the Anaheim immigrant from Vietnam in 1975 entered the hospital with two .38-caliber handguns and more than 100 rounds of ammunition.

When he was done, he'd ambushed and murdered three people. A fourth victim in the shooting survived because Trinh had trouble aiming his weapon.

After an Orange County jury convicted him of multiple counts of first degree murder, jurors couldn't agree on punishment. The first jury voted 10 to 2 for the death penalty. A second jury voted 11 to 1 for the ultimate punishment, but prosecutors won on their third try.

It helped that Trinh, who'd worked in various Vietnamese restaurants, testified he went to the hospital with a plan to kill as many people as he could, felt no remorse and will never apologize. He said the United States military committed genocide in Vietnam and wrecked that nation's traditional economy with a push for capitalism. He also demanded the death penalty so he could quickly join his mother in the afterlife.

Oops.

Given that death penalty winners in California commonly spend 30 or 40 years in their cells and are rarely executed at San Quentin State Prison, Trinh's reunion plans weren't well considered.

This week, the California Supreme Court reviewed the punishment and, after considering and dismissing defense lawyer complaints, declared the outcome righteous.

Upshot: Trinh, 57, will continue to live on Death Row where he's been for more than 11 years.

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11 comments
SamSweet
SamSweet

That guy looks like he gives some killa dome

Keith Burks
Keith Burks

Sad story. Bereaved and out of control.. Oh and If everyone went back to where they came from the US would be empty. Besides this is earth a planet of rock and water that spins and rotates around a sun. We are mere passengers for the ride and it makes no difference where you are on the planet and where you're from the earth doesn't care what you look like. - Study the history of migration to the Americas, it goes back thousands not hundreds of years and Columbus didn't discover anything. There are ancient discoveries all over the place. -hypothesis.. No one really owns the earth; the earth owns itself.

Elizabeth Kent Morales
Elizabeth Kent Morales

Yes because its only okay to tell Hispanics to go back where they came from, when they commit crimes.

Brett Bremer
Brett Bremer

Hey jodd, go play a video game you silly fucking dork. Sad shit, my pops was in vietnam. He had nothing against vietnamese people, fuck some racist gamer talking shit via facebook, go hang your self, you lonely creature

Jodd Mongkolkasetarin
Jodd Mongkolkasetarin

One crazy f*@king Gook!!! Deport this motherf*#king Gook back to Vietnam!!! Where he belongs!!

Kris Macias
Kris Macias

Renato De Andrade Jr is that ur ex co worker?

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

Rob Schneider just signed to play him in the movie version

SamSweet
SamSweet

@mexicanss this guys mom used to suck mexican shlong and his dad left her for it..

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