LOS ANGELES — A South El Monte received a sentence of 40 years to life in prison Monday for shooting a former girlfriend to death more than two years ago, court officials said.
Toan Phan, 40, was convicted in July in Los Angeles Superior Court of the July 17, 2010 murder of 34-year-old Hong Nguyen.
Both Phan and Nguyen were found suffering from gunshot wounds when deputies responded to a report of a shooting shortly before 5 a.m. at Phan’s home in the 11400 block Thienes Avenue, officials said.
Phan was found wounded in the the doorway of the home and hospitalized prior to his arrest. Nguyen, an Orange County resident, was pronounced dead inside the home.
Phan and Nguyen had dated in the past, but the relationship had ended, authorities said. Phan had married someone else.
But following what Deputy District Attorney Terrie Tengelsen described as a botched murder-suicide, a suicide note from Phan was found indicating he still loved Nguyen and hoped they could be together in the next life.
Phan went to Greater El Monte Community Hospital complaining of chest pains in the hours prior to the shooting, the prosector said.
Either the hospital or Phan called Nguyen to pick him up, officials said. She drove Phan home before he shot her to death.
- Staff report