A North Laurel man convicted of shooting his estranged girlfriend and a second person at an Ellicott City nail salon in July of 2012 was sentenced Tuesday in Howard County Circuit Court to 65 1/2 years in prison.
Earlier this year, Tuan Minh Pham, 37, of the 9300 block of Somersby Court, was found guilty of attempted murder and other charges in connection with the July 14, 2012 attack on Lan Hoang Mai Phan and Phuong Thanh Do at the Nail and Hair Care Spa located at the Shipley's Grant Shopping Center off of Richards Valley Road.
According to State's Attorney spokesman Wayne Kirwan, Howard Judge William V. Tucker said at Tuesday's sentencing that Pham “went from a normal, non-violent person into a fit and rage” and tried to kill Phan and Do and that the sentence was "meant to protect society, along with Miss Phan and Mr. Do."
Pham, who was convicted by a jury, made his way to Virginia after the shootings and eluded authorities for eight months before turning himself in to police in Ellicott city on March 15.
Pham also was convicted of attempted second-degree murder of Do, the brother of Tommy Do, who was in a relationship with Phan at the time of the shooting, Kirwan said.
Do was shot four times in a confrontation that took place both inside and outside the salon and was recorded on the salon’s video surveillance system, Kirwan said.
Phan was shot once in the shoulder, inside the salon.
The two victims, who survived, were taken to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in critical condition. During the trial, prosecutors characterized the injuries to Do and Phan as life-threatening, Kirwan said.
According to Kirwan, Phan said at Tuesday's sentencing hearing, “I tried to love him and look past years of abuse…I trusted this man and he tried to take my life.”
Through a Vietnamese interpreter Pham apologized, Kirwan said.