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Man gets 25-to-life for killing Hawaiian Gardens Casino winner

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:18 p.m. HST, Feb 21, 2014

SANTA ANA, Calif. » A man who killed a Southern California casino winner during a botched robbery has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

The Orange County Register says Tad Carroll was sentenced Friday, two months after pleading guilty to first-degree murder.

Another defendant, Barbara Hamel, had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder but prosecutors say she backed out of a plea deal Friday and the case will return to court.

Orange County prosecutors say the pair followed 55-year-old Chi Bui after he won $10,000 at the Hawaiian Gardens Casino in Los Angeles County in 2010.

Bui was confronted in Santa Ana.

Prosecutors say Carroll knocked him down and Hamel drove over his head, killing him instantly.

A third defendant, Michael Ross of Long Beach, received a 15-years-to-life sentence last year.

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DJF wrote:
Holy sh t! Unbelievable
on February 21,2014 | 06:01PM
808Cindy wrote:
The jail sentences are to short for someone who has taken a life!
on February 21,2014 | 08:56PM
soundofreason wrote:
Agreed. Apparently our justice system believes they should get out so they have a chance to kill again. Shouldn't murders have the chance to kill at LEAST two? :/
on February 22,2014 | 05:33AM
cojef wrote:
Locals were complaining that local courts were too easy on local criminals and sadly that's the way it is elsewhere.
on February 22,2014 | 07:13AM
krusha wrote:
Shows how selling your soul for money will make you pay tenfold later.
on February 22,2014 | 06:55AM
HD36 wrote:
The prison is so overcrowed in S. California they're letting them out well before they serve their time.
on February 22,2014 | 07:44AM
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