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Man receives life sentence for 2014 killing at south Sacramento business

The man convicted of killing the officer manager of a south Sacramento security business last year has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.

In addition to the life sentence, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Marjorie Koller sentenced David A. Romero to 25 years to life in prison for the death of Thu Lan Tran in June 2014, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

A jury in May convicted Romero of first-degree murder with the special circumstance that the murder was committed in the course of a robbery. The jury also found that he used a firearm in the murder.

Tran worked as the office manager for her brother’s security business in the 5600 block of 28th Street. On June 27, Romero went into the business and shot Tran behind an ear, killing her. He then took her laptop bag, which contained cash, paychecks and checkbooks.

The owner of a shop across the street saw Romero leave the business carrying the laptop bag and went to check on Tran. He found her face down in a pool of blood.

The neighboring shop owner ran to his car to try to find Romero. He spotted Romero in a van and followed him while calling 911. He was able to get most of the license plate number, which police investigators used to identify the van and Romero.

At Romero’s apartment, police found hidden cash matching the cash taken in the robbery. During questioning, Romero and his girlfriend were left alone and the two whispered to each other about the murder. In that conversation, authorities said, Romero stated that the police would have to let him go because he had burned all the evidence.