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May 31, 2019: Man Sentenced to LWOP for Double Murder at Chinatown Social Club

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A 39-year-old Las Vegas man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the special circumstance murders of two men at a Chinatown social club in 2017, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Vinh Dao was sentenced yesterday to two consecutive LWOP terms, plus seven years, by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Robert Perry.

A jury convicted Dao of two counts of first-degree murder on April 9 after deliberating 1 1/2 hours. The jury also found true a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders; an allegation of using a deadly and dangerous weapon, a knife; and an allegation that Dao was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in 2002.

Deputy District Attorney Megan Loebl and Assistant Head Deputy District Attorney Natalie Adomian prosecuted case BA454112.

On Jan. 26, 2017, Dao entered the Hop Sing Tong Benevolent Association in Los Angeles where he disrupted a mahjong game. He began arguing with Kim Kong Yun, 64, before stabbing the man to death, according to court testimony.

The defendant then fatally stabbed Tony Young, 64, when he attempted to help the first victim.

Dao had been a member of the club several years earlier and was acquainted with some of those who were present at the time of the crime. He was arrested the next day.

The Los Angeles Police Department investigated the case.