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Crime Q&A: What happened to only hostage-taker who survived 1991 Good Guys siege?

Q: Regarding the 1991 “Good Guys” hostage and shooting episode where many died, can you update us on the only one of the four shooters that survived? I think he got a life sentence, but is he still alive and where does he serve his sentence?

Stephen F., Folsom

A: The lone surviving hostage-taker in the Good Guys store siege was sentenced in July 1995 to 49 consecutive life terms in prison for numerous counts of murder, attempted murder, kidnapping and gun violations.

Loi Khac Nguyen, now 46, is incarcerated at California State Prison, Los Angeles County, in Lancaster.

According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Nguyen was one of four gunmen who took over the Stockton Boulevard electronics store on April 4, 1991, holding 38 people hostage for 8 1/2 hours. The hostages who died were customer Fernando Gutierrez, 28, and store employees John Lee Fritz Jr., 37, and Kris Sohne, 28. Eleven other hostages were wounded.

The slain gunmen were Long Nguyen, 17, Pham Nguyen, 19, and Cuong Tran, 19.

The standoff ended when Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies stormed the store.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy