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Ashburn Man Found Guilty Of First-Degree Murder

© Leesburg Today - 09/30/2015

A Loudoun County Circuit Court judge has found Mihn Duy Nguyen guilty of five felonies, including first-degree murder for the death of his former wife's husband, 37-year-old Corey Mattison.

Judge Burke F. McCahill handed down the guilty conviction after Nguyen, 38, pleaded no contest to the charges in court Wednesday. He was also found guilty of burglary, using a firearm in the commission of a felony, felony destruction of personal property, and malicious wounding.

Asked why he was pleading no contest to each charge, Nguyen said, ""Because I did those things.""

When a defendant enters a plea of no contest, they do not admit guilt, but also do not challenge the prosecution's evidence.

According to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, Nguyen broke into a townhouse on Sonora Lane in Ashburn Jan. 15, 2015, and shot Mattison, who is married to Nguyen's former wife, Denise. Nguyen was taken into custody at the scene. The shooting allegedly stemmed from an argument involving child custody.

The Loudoun grand jury initially indicted Nguyen on 10 criminal charges, but five of those were dropped as part of a plea agreement between Nguyen, his attorneys and the commonwealth's attorneys. Among the charges annulled were discharging of a firearm in an occupied dwelling, possession of a firearm on school property and two counts of felony destruction of personal property.

A seven-day jury trial was scheduled to begin Monday, but with Nguyen's ""no contest"" plea he waives the right to a trial.

His sentencing hearing is set for Feb. 18 and 19. Nguyen's attorneys told McCahill they needed a two days to present issues related to their client's state of mental health.

Nguyen faces a possible sentence of life in prison on the murder conviction.

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