SANTA ANA — A former Newport Harbor High School football player was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years to life in prison for killing a Newport Beach liquor store owner and clerk during a shoplifting dispute over an adult magazine.
Weston Scott Kruger, 32, received the sentence for the 2007 killing of Hao "Tony" Huynh, the longtime proprietor of Sportsman's Liquor Store on Newport Boulevard.
On Tuesday, Kruger was dressed in a dark, somber suit that matched his demeanor. Just before leaving the courtroom, the judge commended Kruger for being cooperative during the trial. Kruger will be eligible for parole in 21 years after receiving credit for time already served.
"We'll never see him out of prison," Kruger's maternal grandmother said before the sentencing. She asked that her name not be published.
A jury in May found Kruger guilty of first-degree murder.
Huynh had confronted Kruger for shoplifting a pornographic magazine, witnesses testified earlier this year, and Kruger shoved him hard to the ground.