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Second man faces 3 murder charges in deadly south county home invasion

Daniel Nguyen is arraigned on murder charges in connection with a home invasion robbery and shooting deaths of Thanh Le, 56, and his sons Dong Le, 32, and Tien Le, 21 on Thursday May 5, 2016, in Sacramento.
Daniel Nguyen is arraigned on murder charges in connection with a home invasion robbery and shooting deaths of Thanh Le, 56, and his sons Dong Le, 32, and Tien Le, 21 on Thursday May 5, 2016, in Sacramento. pkitagaki@sacbee.com

The second of a pair of men accused of gunning down a father and his two sons in a home invasion robbery was arraigned Thursday in Sacramento Superior Court on three murder counts in the triple killing a week ago in south Sacramento County.

Daniel Nguyen, 24, faced five counts in all before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman a day after Nguyen’s alleged co-conspirator Elijah Johnson’s arraignment on murder and robbery charges in the shooting deaths of Thanh Le, 56, and his sons, Dong Le, 32, and Tien Le, 21, early April 28 at the Le family’s Ardith Drive home.

Along with the murder allegations, Nguyen faces charges of attempted robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon as well as special circumstances of murder in the course of a robbery and committing multiple murders.

Nguyen had already built a rap sheet before his arrest in connection with the robbery and shooting deaths last week. Bowman read a string of four prior burglary convictions for Nguyen between 2010 and 2013.

Nguyen said little at the afternoon hearing as Bowman set his next court date for May 10 when Nguyen’s case will likely be joined with Johnson’s. As they were at Johnson’s Wednesday arraignment, the victims’ family and friends sat clustered Thursday in the gallery before filing out quietly from Bowman’s courtroom at Sacramento County Main Jail onto I Street.

Authorities continue their search for a motive in the south Sacramento County slayings. Nguyen and Johnson, 21, along with two others, 18-year-old Amanda Tucker and a 17-year-old female, were arrested in the days after the violent robbery. The females face robbery charges in the incident.

Darrell Smith: 916-321-1040, @dvaughnsmith

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