Nha Trang killer sentenced to over 8 years in Seattle

By Calvin Godfrey, TN News

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A federal judge in Seattle, Washinton sentenced Timothy George Doran to 99 months in prison on Thursday for failing to notify police when he left his registered address and moved to Vietnam in 2010.
According to court documents, the 48-year old former steroid-abuser's history of violence required him to keep law enforcement abreast of his whereabouts at all times.
"He is a clear and present danger to any woman he establishes a relationship with," Komonews quoted the judge as saying. "He is a serial domestic abuser."
Incidentally, Judge Robert Lasnik also found Doran guilty of the brutal murder of a 26-year old Nha Trang hairdresser named Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc on March 6, 2011.
Due to the complex nature of the federal sentencing guidelines, Doran received less than the maximum 10 years for his crime of failing to register as a sex offender.
As it is, Lasnik went out on a legal limb by tripling his sentencing score based on his brutal history.
But he went even further by stating, in no uncertain terms, that Doran had killed a Vietnamese national with his bare hands and then fled the scene of a crime that occurred outside his jurisdiction.
According to the US Attorney's office press release on the hearing, Doran “strangled [Ngoc] and left her body hidden in a closet in [his Nha Trang] home." The release also lauded US prosecutors for working with law enforcement in Vietnam to obtain clear and present evidence tying Doran to the murder.

A US Judge found clear and convincing evidence that Timothy George Doran murdered Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc (pictured above) at his rented home in Nha Trang on March 6, 2011. Doran was sentenced to 8 years and three months on Thursday at a courtroom in Seattle. A spokesperson from the US Attorney's Office said she expects he will appeal the sentence.
US Attorney's Office Spokesperson, Emily Langlie who sat in on the sentencing said Doran went on at length about his innocence during his sentencing hearing. She expects he will appeal the sentence.
“He said gangsters in Vietnam had come and attacked his family,” she told Thanh Nien via telephone.
Doran told the court he hadn't killed Ngoc.
When he and his two small boys left their rented home to flee to Ho Chi Minh City, Langlie recalled him saying, Ngoc did not have a plastic bag around her head and a blanket wrapped around her body.
“Doran said the only blood in the house was the blood of his son and he was only defending his sons,” Langlie said.
Doran and his various attorneys have ignored numerous requests for comment. His sister, Molly, likewise declined to comment on his situation, saying they are “not close.”
Ngoc's sister, Bich and her husband Damien Bitt who live in western Australia, welcomed the news.
“My family has been waiting for this for a long time,” Bich told Thanh Nien
In the years since his arrest, Doran has given disparate accounts of what happened on the night in question.
He initially pleaded guilty to his crime and then, unsuccessfully, attempted to withdraw his plea.
His attorney cited the former weight lifter's spinal stenosis as evidence that he could not have lifted Ngoc's small body into an overhead closet.
At one point an investigator and federal public defender travelled to Vietnam to conduct research on the mafia in Nha Trang. When Doran's attorney (his second) retired, he filed a motion to have his handwritten notes transcribed.
Doran couldn't read them.
Langlie said the judge did not include Doran's remarks in his comments.
Lasnik reportedly noted that there's currently no extradition treaty between the US and Vietnam and that it is unclear if there could be one in the future

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