|Pictured Above: Hung Trong Do. Source: Orange County District Attorney’s Office.|
A Stanton man faces his third strike for a home-invasion robbery that he pleaded guilty to today. Hung Trong Do broke into the home of a woman who was running a day care business caring for six children. Do was armed with a gun that he pointed at the caretaker while demanding money. He stole $100 from the caretaker’s purse before her husband came home and he fled. Police found Do in a nearby apartment complex and arrested him. On Friday, he was convicted of five felonies, including robbery, burglary, assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Do had already been convicted for attempted murder in 1996, residential burglary in 2008 and a prison conviction for possession of a firearm in 2005. This home-invasion robbery was his third strike, therefore, Do is expected to be sentenced to at least 22-25 years in prison for this crime.
Under California’s three strike laws, if a person is convicted of any felony, and already has two or more strikes, (prior convictions for violent or serious felonies) he or she must be sentenced to at least 25-years-to-life in state prison. Violent and serious felonies include: murder, rape, robbery, arson, attempted murder, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, and any other felony punishable by death or life sentence.
Three Strikes Laws are a very serious sentencing structure enforced by California due to the “get tough on crime” motto. Therefore, if you are charged with a felony, and it is your second or third strike, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away to assist you in fighting your strikes and assisting you through the complicated court process.