One in all three Orange County inmates accused of escaping a Santa Ana jail and kidnapping a taxi driver in 2016, has been convicted, officers introduced Thursday.
Bac Tien Duong, 48, was convicted by a jury of 1 felony rely every of escape by a prisoner and of kidnapping, the O.C. District Legal professional’s Workplace mentioned in a information launch. The jury failed to succeed in a verdict on one felony rely of the taking of a automobile.
Duong faces a most sentence of eight years and eight months in state jail and is scheduled to be sentenced on Could 14. He’s in the meantime additionally awaiting trial for the opposite expenses that resulted in his imprisonment within the first place.
Duong is accused of escaping from the Orange County Males’s Central Jail on Jan. 22, 2016, together with inmates Hossein Nayeri and Jonathan Tieu.
The three males carried out a months-long effort to chop by means of jail vents to entry plumbing tunnels and climb onto the constructing’s roof, officers mentioned. They allegedly used sheets as a makeshift rope to to rappel down the aspect of the multistory facility.
Later that day, Duong referred to as an unlicensed taxi service that he present in a Vietnamese-language periodical, and 72-year-old Lengthy Ma arrived to drive the three escapees to varied factors in Orange County and Rosemead, the DA’s workplace mentioned. Duong allegedly held the cab driver at gunpoint varied instances as he drove them round.
In the meantime, the three escaped inmates have been the targets of a statewide manhunt that lasted greater than every week.
Over the following few days, the three escapees and the kidnapped cab driver drove to completely different areas round California and ended up throughout the state in San Jose, staying at motels.
Ma and Duong drove again to Southern California on Jan. 29, 2016, after Nayeri and Duong had a bodily battle over whether or not the taxi driver needs to be killed and his physique buried.
Duong organized to show himself in at a Santa Ana auto store, the place police took him into custody. After dropping him off there, Ma drove away and referred to as the Sheriff’s Division.
The next day, Nayeri and Tieu have been captured in San Francisco after a person acknowledged them from media stories. O.C. officers gave the person, Matthew Hay-Chapman, a $100,000 reward for offering the knowledge that led to their seize.
Nayeri and Tieu are nonetheless awaiting trial on the jail escape.
When Duong escaped from jail, he was dealing with expenses for tried homicide with a 25-life gun-use enhancement, assault with a firearm, first-degree housebreaking, and discharging a firearm at an inhabited dwelling, in keeping with the DA’s workplace. His trial for these expenses continues to be pending.
Tieu was dealing with a retrial on homicide and tried homicide expenses for a 2011 capturing outdoors an Orange County pool corridor.
Nayeri had been sentenced to 2 consecutive phrases of life with out the potential of parole, together with one other seven years to life for kidnapping and torturing a marijuana dispensary proprietor. After the fee of these crimes in October 2012, Nayeri fled to Iran, earlier than touring to the Czech Republic the place he was arrested and extradited to the USA.
The boys used a mobile phone digicam to film their escape, and the footage was launched by an legal professional for Nayeri in 2017.
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