Crime & Justice

Patient who stabbed Glendale doctor gets life

A 74-year-old man who stabbed his Glendale doctor during a medical exam and paralyzed him has been sentenced to life in prison.

Mike Du Trieu of Monterey Park was given 15 years to life on Friday but on Monday a judge in Pasadena resentenced him to life with the chance of parole.

Trieu was arrested in 2006 after he stabbed cardiologist Mohamed Latif five times with a pocketknife in the neck, hands, back and chest. The Glendale physician was paralyzed.

Prosecutors say Trieu blamed Latif for the death of his mother in 1994 but they found no evidence he had ever treated her.

Jurors who convicted Trieu of attempted murder last month determined that he was sane at the time of the attack.


Information from: Pasadena Star-News,

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