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Four in deadly home invasion that left 3 slain return to court Wednesday

Elijah Johnson, Daniel Nguyen and Amanda Tucker. Johnson and Nguyen were booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on the charge of murder and are ineligible for bail. Tucker was booked into the Main Jail on the charge of robbery. A 17-year-old female who faces robbery charges is not pictured.
Elijah Johnson, Daniel Nguyen and Amanda Tucker. Johnson and Nguyen were booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on the charge of murder and are ineligible for bail. Tucker was booked into the Main Jail on the charge of robbery. A 17-year-old female who faces robbery charges is not pictured. Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

The four suspects held in the brutal south-area home invasion last month that ended with a father and his two sons shot dead return Wednesday to Sacramento Superior Court.

Sacramento County prosecutors have joined the cases of murder suspects Daniel Nguyen, 24, and Elijah Johnson, 21, with that of Amanda Tucker, 18, who faces a robbery charge in the deadly incident. Prosecutors have also decided to charge a 17-year-old juvenile arrested in the days after the attack as an adult, said Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney Rod Norgaard.

All will face Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman in connection with the shooting deaths of Thanh Le, 56, and his sons, Dong Le, 32, and Tien Le, 21, early April 28 at the Le’s Ardith Drive home near Elk Grove-Florin Road in south Sacramento County. The victims’ family and friends attended arraignments last month for both Nguyen and Johnson.

Nguyen faces five counts in all including attempted robbery, possession of a firearm by a felon and special circumstances of committing a murder in the course of a robbery and committing multiple murders.

Johnson also faces murder charges and allegations of robbery and special circumstances including committing multiple murders, use of a firearm in the commission of the crime and concert with another in the April robbery-homicides.

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.

Both Nguyen and Johnson are being held without bail at Sacramento County Main Jail. Tucker also is in custody at the downtown jail on suspicion of robbery in lieu of $500,000 bail, according to jail records.

The four were taken into custody at different locations. Johnson was detained at a motel in the 2600 block of El Centro Road on Sunday, taken to the Sheriff’s Department for interviewing and then arrested. Nguyen was arrested at an apartment complex in the 2700 block of Castle Court.

Robbery suspect Tucker was arrested at a home in the 4900 block of Little Oak Lane. The teen, who was booked into juvenile hall, was arrested at a home on Del Paso Boulevard.

Darrell Smith: 916-321-1040, @dvaughnsmith

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