A Westminster man convicted of stabbing a man to death after an argument at a party was sentenced Friday to 16 years to life in state prison, authorities said.
Khanh Van Le, 43, was found guilty of second-degree murder in October. A sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a knife was also found true, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Authorities allege that on Dec. 13, 2009, Le and his girlfriend, Thao Nguyen, went to a party for new fishing crews at the Saigon Towing Yard in Garden Grove. At the party, authorities say, Le got into an argument with Nguyen’s ex-husband and her girlfriend over comments the other man allegedly said about Nguyen. Police were called, but authorities say Le left before they got to the party.
Le returned to the party twice that night, authorities said.
The first time, authorities say, Le began arguing with Nguyen’s ex-husband and two other people had to break up the fight. Le then called police, but didn’t identify who he claimed attacked him.
The second time Le returned, authorities allege, he walked up to Anh Nguyen – one of the people who had broken up his earlier fight with his girlfriend’s ex-husband – and stabbed him several times, puncturing his heart.
Police arrested Le and Thao Nguyen the next morning.
Thao Nguyen, who authorities say drove Le home after the stabbing, later pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact. Prosecutors allege that she lied to police about Le’s actions, and objected to a 45-day jail sentence she was given after the court reduced a felony charge to a misdemeanor.
BY SEAN EMERY / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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