A 48-year-old man who attacked his wife with a meat cleaver in front of their children in Garden Grove after learning she had been having an affair was convicted of attempted voluntary manslaughter.
Jurors also found true sentencing enhancements for causing great bodily injury and the personal use of a deadly weapon for Thang Van Nguyen, who went to a local fire station to turn himself in for “murdering” his wife after he attacked her Jan. 19, 2016.
Firefighters called police and the victim, 44-year-old Huong Nguyen, was rushed to a hospital in critical condition.
“She was comatose for the better part of two months,” said Deputy District Attorney Mark Geller, who argued for an attempted murder conviction Thursday.
The defendant knew his wife had been having an affair for about seven months, but the issue bubbled up that morning and the two began quarreling, Geller said.
Nguyen went to the kitchen to get a meat cleaver and returned to their bedroom, where they slept in the same bed that night, and struck her in the head with the weapon, Geller said.
Their 8-year-old son and his teenage brother saw the conflict, Geller said.
The wife testified for the defense in the trial, Geller said.
“She survived and she was standing by her man,” Geller said.
Nguyen, who is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 12, faces up to 11 years and six months in prison.
—City News Service
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