Sacto 9-1-1
June 15, 2012
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to killers in 1995 spree?

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QUESTION: What happened to the killers of the 1995 killing spree that happened in a couple of California cities? Some of the people killed include Nghiep Thich Le and Hung Dieu Le of Sacramento.
Submitted by: JLofLH, Sacramento

ANSWER: Two Asian gang members were sentenced to death for a 1995 murder spree.

According to an Associated Press story, Samreth Sam Pan and Run Peter Chhoun were convicted of murder for killing three people in Los Angeles County and Sacramento. The two cases were combined and tried in Los Angeles under a law used in serial killings.

They were found guilty of killing Nghiep Thich Le, 48, and his father, Hung Dieu Le, 73, of Sacramento during a 1995 home invasion robbery.

They also were convicted in the slaying of Miguel Vargas Avina, 20, of Pomona the same year. Prosecutors said Avina was mistaken for a rival gang member.

According to the AP story, both men had previously been sentenced to life in prison for the drive-by killing of a of a rival gang member in San Bernardino County, and Chhoun had been sentenced to death in San Bernardino County for the August 1995 home invasion killings of five family members.

Pan, 35, and Chhoun, 39, are both in San Quentin State Prison.

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