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Corona man sentenced to life in prison

A 49-year-old man was sentenced June 19 to state prison for a 2010 double homicide in Monterey Park, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

Richard Vithya Tauch was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for murdering his ex-girlfriend and her current boyfriend.

On Nov. 19, 2013, a jury found Tauch guilty of two counts of first-degree murder with special circumstance allegations of multiple murders and lying in wait.

Jenny Vanny Sor, 40, and Wenwa Chao, 53, were shot and killed Jan. 19, 2010, in the 200 block of North Chandler Avenue in Monterey Park, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

According to Deputy Dist. Atty. Steve Ipson, on Jan. 19, Tauch went to the Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood where Sor worked and hid in her car. After work, she drove to Monterey Park to meet up with Chao at an assisted-living facility where his father lived.

Tauch followed Sor inside the facility, confronted the victims and then shot them both multiple times, Ipson said.

Chao and Sor were pronounced dead at the scene at 8:11 p.m.

Tauch fled the scene, but was taken into custody in the early afternoon of Jan. 20.

-- Maloy Moore

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