Quochuy "Tony" Tran is facing up to 50 years in prison in the shooting death of a 15 year old girl from Alameda. Although only 16 at the time, Tran, who is from Oakland, was tried as an adult and convicted for murder. At the time of the murder Tran was hanging out with five other teenagers at a local park on Halloween night. After being egged by another group of teens, Tran and his friends pursued the victim Ichinkhorloo "Iko" Bayarsaikhan. One youth pulled out a rifle from under his coat and shot it into the air. Bayarsaikhan and her friends scattered, but returned to the scene, believing the rifle wasn't real. Tran then picked up the rifle and shot once, hitting Bayarsaikhan in the back.
The real controversy here, however, is that the District Attorney decided to try Tran as an adult, when the five other teens were tried as juveniles. Because of this decision Tran, now 19 is looking at 50 years in the State penitentiary, while his friends will have received something significantly less. The other youths all faced criminal charges, however, among them was not murder.
Judge Carrie Panetta issued the sentence indicating that Tran should be made an example to other youths. "The deterrence effect is a legitimate goal when individuals think they will be treated differently because of their age when they commit violent crimes," the judge said.