A wife who fatally shot her 72-year-old husband and tried to do the same to her two sons in the family's Tustin Ranch home on Mother's Day 2011 was found guilty today by a jury of charges that could send the 43-year-old to prison for life without parole.
The sentencing of Annamaria Magno Gana, whose slain husband Antonio Potenciano Gana was a retired Manila International Airport general manager, is scheduled for June 3 in Santa Ana.
Around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 8, 2011, a gunshot was heard in the Gana home in the 18400 block of Manning Drive in unincorporated Tustin. Antonio Gana and his then-16-year-old son rushed into a bedroom to discover their wife/mother had fired a round into the ceiling. She then turned the gun on her husband, said "Now!" and shot him in the chest.
As the teen turned to run, he was shot in the arm, but he managed to get out of the room and call 9-1-1 on his cell phone. The Gana's then-year-old-son (who is the hero of this tragedy) managed to wrestle the gun away from his mother and take it outside.
Orange County sheriff's deputies arrived to arrest Mrs. Gana, who was treated for minor injuries suffered in the shootings. The boys were put under the care of a relative.
Just when it did not seem the case could get more bizarre, The Philippine Star reported four days later that Gana had converted to Islam before marrying her husband and that his first wife accused him of bigamy.
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During the trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Mrs. Gana, who was diagnosed with cancer prior to the murder, "selfishly decided to murder her family because she believed that that they couldn't live without her if she died and that if she was going to die, then they should all 'go together,'" reads a statement from the Orange County District Attorney's office.
Gana was convicted of one felony count each of special circumstances murder by lying in wait, two felony counts of attempted murder, and sentencing enhancements for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death and the personal discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury.