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Buddhist temple role model led double life as a gangster

If Bui survives California prison life, he'll spend his twenties, thirties, forties and the majority of his fifties locked in a tiny, malodorous cell with other male criminals. The soonest he can hope that a parole board grants him freedom is 2042. He'll be 58. Super Nintendo will be a relic.

But Bui doesn't seem destined to impress a parole board. Before he was sent to prison, he helped instigate a riot in the Orange County Jail, repeatedly flouted prisoner rules and was found in his cell with Pruno, the foul-tasting alcohol beverage concocted by inmates with aged fruit, ketchup, bread and sugar.

rscottmoxley@ocweekly.com

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