Son Richard Lam Nguyen Gets 6 Years for Choking Out His 71-Year-Old Mom
A Garden Grove man who choked his elderly mother to death because she wanted him to study medicine instead of pharmacy was sentenced today to six years in prison.
You read that right: choke out your 71-year-old mom, get six measly years behind bars.
When Son Richard Lam Nguyen's trial began in early March, the Orange County District Attorney's Office was pursuing murder charges against him.
The 31-year-old was convicted of manslaughter on March 23.
Late on the night of Dec. 20, 2008, he was in the Garden Grove home he shared with his mother when she let him know she did not support his desire to become a pharmacist.
Nuong Nguyen wanted her boy to become a physician.
Son Nguyen allegedly became so enraged that he strangled the elderly, 5-foot-tall, 80-pound woman with his bare hands in the bedroom.
Police earlier said he then wandered the street outside for awhile before sleeping in his car parked outside the home.
Around 10:30 a.m. the next morning, he called police to report that his mother had passed away.
An autopsy later confirmed she'd been strangled.
Son Nguyen is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine with a bachelor's in biology. At the time of the murder, he was a first-year student at Ross University in Dominica, located in the Caribbean, studying pharmacy.
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