Today in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, MD, Judge Sharon Burrell sentenced defendant, Biet Van Tran, 65, to life without the possibility of parole on the charge of first-degree murder of victim, Linh Pham, 23, and to an additional 55 years in prison for two counts of attempted first-degree murder for the stabbing attacks on Quy Luc, 32, and Thi Nyguen, 22.
The stems from an incident in May of 2020. The COVID pandemic was underway, and the three victims planned a trip from their home in Florida to visit the D.C. area. On May 9th, 2020, they drove to Luc’s mother’s home at 911 Balmoral Drive in Silver Spring, Maryland. She had recently had a stroke and was staying in a rehabilitation center but her boyfriend, the defendant, was still living in the home. Luc also planned to assist with arrangements for his mother.
On May 11th, Luc and Tran argued over money in the basement area of the home and Tran attacked Luc with a knife, stabbing him. Luc ran from the home for help, but his girlfriend, Pham, and their roommate Nyguen were still inside the home, upstairs. Tran encountered Pham on the main floor and brutally attacked her, stabbing her as he followed her up the steps. Pham attempted to push Nyguen into a bedroom for safety. She entered another bedroom where she died from her injuries. Tran turned on Nyguen and began stabbing her before she could lock the door. She was severely injured.
“This was about as vicious an attack as you can possibly imagine. As Judge Burrell stated in court, Biet Van Tran committed the ultimate crime against these three innocent victims and will pay the ultimate punishment. We thank the survivors for their bravery in participating in the trial and working with Assistant State’s Attorneys Ashley Inderfurth and Kyle O’Grady to make sure this defendant will never harm anyone again,” said State’s Attorney John McCarthy.