Laurel man sentenced for nail salon shooting

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. - A Laurel man convicted of the July 2012 shooting of his estranged girlfriend and a man at an Ellicott City nail salon was sentenced to 65 ½ years in prison Tuesday morning.  

Tuan Minh Pham, 37 of the 9300 block of Somersby Ct., was found guilty earlier this fall of attempted murder and additional charges in the July 14, 2012 attack on Lan Hoang Mai Phan and Phuong Thanh Do at the Nail and Hair Care Spa at the Shipley's Grant shopping center in the 5700 block of Richards Valley Rd.

Pham fled to Virginia and eluded police for eight months before turning himself to Howard County police on March 15, 2013.

Pham was convicted in Howard County Circuit Court of attempted first-degree murder of his former girlfriend, Phan.  The former couple have two daughters together. 

During the trial, Phan testified that Pham would disappear for weeks at a time.  In one instance she later discovered that Pham traveled to Vietnam where he impregnated and subsequently married another woman.

Pham also was convicted of attempted second-degree murder of Do, the brother of Tommy Do who was in a relationship with Phan at the time of the shooting.  Do was shot four times in a confrontation that took place both inside and outside the nail salon.

Phan was shot once in the shoulder, inside the salon. Phan and Do survived the shootings and were later released but during the trial, prosecutors characterized Do and Phan's injuries as life threatening.

According to the Howard County State's Attorney Office, Phan told the court that she and the couple's two children live with nightmares as they struggle to move forward.

The state's attorney office added that, through a Vietnamese interpreter, Pham apologized "for everything that happened" but blamed Phan for the troubles in their relationship that led him to shooting her and Do.

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