(As originally published, Thu, December 21st 2023)
UPPER MAKEFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa. (TND) — A woman who shot her two sons to death while they were in their beds will spend the rest of her life behind bars.
Wednesday, Trinh T. Nguyen pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, and she got two life terms without the possibility of parole.
Investigators outside Philadelphia found Nguyen planned to kill 9-year-old Nelson Tini and 13-year-old Jeffrey Tini at least a week before she did, on May 2, 2022.
The boys, with gunshot wounds to their heads, didn’t die until four days later.
Nguyen left a handwritten will with instructions on what to do with her and her sons’ remains after cremation.
The lead prosecutor said it also blamed others for the problems in her life, which included the imminent eviction from her home.
“She wrote a manifesto laying out what she was going to do,” First Assistant District Attorney Jen Schorn said, “and you could see throughout the hate she had for others and the people she blamed.”
At Wednesday’s hearing, the prosecutor presented a slideshow that featured the boys together and smiling, until the last slide, which showed surveillance of Nguyen pointing a gun at her neighbor, who is a nephew of her ex-husband.
Remarkably, the gun never fired, and the neighbor was able to disarm her.
Then, police arrived for a report of an armed subject and arrested Nguyen a few hours after she escaped in a minivan.
Investigators found in the meantime, she drove to New Jersey and got narcotics, which she ingested to kill herself.
Detectives executed a search warrant on the minivan and reported finding “.38-caliber ammunition, several empty suspected heroin packages, several full suspected heroin packages, and swabs of suspected blood, among other evidence.”
Also, there was a note on the passenger-side dashboard that read:
“Please call 911!
“My children are Dead in their bed.”
Detectives also found the makeshift will and a .38-caliber Ruger revolver in front of the neighbor’s home.
They also learned Nguyen had been given notice to vacate her home by the next day.
Nguyen, 40, also pleaded guilty to attempted murder of the neighbor and related charges, in addition to the murders.
She was sentenced to 10 to 20 years for the attempted murder.
Her plea bargain “will ensure that the defendant will die within the four walls of a correctional facility,” Schorn said.