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DATE: May 5, 2015
CASE: David A. Romero
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Donell Slivka, Homicide Unit
District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced that 19-year-old David A. Romero was convicted by jury of the first-degree murder of Thu Lan Tran with the special circumstance that the murder was committed in the course of a robbery. The jury also found that Romero used a firearm in the course of that murder.
Thu Lan Tran worked as the office manager for her brother’s security business. On June 27, 2014, Romero went into the business and shot Ms. Tran behind the ear, killing her. He then took her laptop bag, which contained cash, paychecks and check books. The owner of a shop across the street saw Romero leave the business carrying the victim’s laptop bag. He went to check on Ms. Tran and found her face down on the ground in a pool of blood. He ran to his car to try to locate Romero. He spotted Romero in a van and followed him while calling 911. He was able to get most of the license plate. Sacramento police investigators utilized those partial license plate numbers to identify the van and Romero. At Romero’s apartment, police found hidden cash matching the cash taken in the robbery. During questioning, Romero and his girlfriend were left alone and the two whispered to each other about the facts of the murder. In that conversation, Romero stated that the police would have to let him go because there was no evidence as he had burned all of it.
Romero faces a maximum potential sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Sentencing is set for June 19, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in Department 16 before the Honorable Marjorie Koller.
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