The convicted leader of a jewel-thieving gang that killed eight people should be sentenced to life in prison — not death, as prosecutors hoped — a federal jury has determined.
Anh The Duong, the leader of a band of gun-toting thieves who robbed jewelry and electronic stores up and down California, including two heists in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, will be sentenced Feb. 3 in federal court in San Jose.
Duong was convicted in September of killing four of the eight people who died during the gang's eight-year crime spree.
Because of the racketeering and robbery charges, Duong is eligible for the death penalty. Federal prosecutors concluded their arguments this month on why he should die and turned it over to the jury, who rebuffed their case.