Anh The Duong's wave of violence and how it has affected their lives. A jury last month convicted the 35-year-old Duong of 29 racketeering charges, making him eligible for the death penalty.
Duong's trial marks just the second time in at least 50 years that a defendant has faced the death penalty in a Bay Area federal courtroom, and the first such trial in Silicon Valley history. Duong is already on California's death row for the 1999 murders of four people in an El Monte pool hall, but the U.S. Justice Department decided to push for a death sentence for his federal crimes, which include murders during robberies in San Jose, Cupertino and Fremont.
One of those victims was 66-year-old Chau Quach, fatally shot during a 1997 robbery of a San Jose grocery store. Triem Chiem, Quach's son-in-law, told the jury that the murder devastated Quach's widow, daughter and the rest of his family.
"Everybody was very sad in the family," Chiem said through a Vietnamese interpreter. "At that time, I was out of my mind, crazy."
Duong would likely face a much swifter path to execution if he receives the death penalty in the federal system. In California, death row inmates typically spend two decades or more in San Quentin before they face an execution date.
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