Kick a bedroom door off its hinges.
3. Threaten to shoot your girlfriend in the head.
4. Make sure there are lots of witnesses to your behavior.
5. Break bottles in the house.
6. Weep in a drunken stupor until police arrive.
Given his extensive domestic violence history, Vinh Thanh Vo should have known the rules by now.
But moments before 3:19 p.m. on March 3, 2008, Vo–then 39 years old–violated all of them, according to court records.
After Orange County prosecutors charged him, a jury convicted him of making criminal threats and Vo found himself facing his fifth felony strike. From a California prison where he's serving a 35 years to life sentence for his conduct that night, he appealed.
He claimed that there was insufficient evidence that his girlfriend had been adequately frightened by his conduct to warrant a felony charge.
If the appellate judges could have laughed in response, they probably would have. They affirmed the case after noting that Vo also had been convicted in 1998 for chasing his then-wife out of the house while swinging a meat cleaver.
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–R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly