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Lan Anh LE





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Fit of jealousy and rage
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: March 13, 2010
Date of arrest: Same day
Date of birth: 1989
Victim profile: Monica Anne Anderson, 26 (her lover)
Method of murder: Stabbing with knife (91 times)
Location: Citrus Heights, Sacramento County, California, USA
Status: Sentenced to 25 years to life in prison on October 5, 2012

Woman gets 25-to-life sentence for stabbing girlfriend to death in Citrus Heights

The Sacramento Bee

October 5, 2012

A Sacramento Superior Court judge this morning sentenced a 22-year-old woman to 25-years-to-life for stabbing her on-and-off-again lover to death - 91 times - in a fit of jealousy and rage.

In August, a jury convicted Lan Anh Le of first-degree murder in the March 2010 stabbing of Monica Anderson, 26. Le was 20 at the time.

Judge Ernest W. Sawtelle handed down the maximum sentence after addressing Anderson's tearful family in the audience, telling them he couldn't help but think of his own daughter and what it would be like to lose a child.

"My deepest sympathy is extended to you," Sawtelle said, "and I feel a great sense of sorrow on your behalf."

Several of Anderson's relatives had addressed the court, describing their sense of loss and devastation in the wake of the woman's death.

Her mother, Vee Arroyo, described it as "a mother's worst nightmare." She said the grief has endangered her marriage, her health and her job.

"It has turned my life upside down," she said, her voice shaking.

Le's public defender, Sandra Di Giulio, read a brief statement from her client, apologizing for what she had done.

"I hope you can forgive me," Di Giulio read from Le's statement. "I'm really remorseful for what I've done."

Attorneys on both sides described the women as being romantically involved. However, Arroyo told The Bee that her daughter always denied that.

After the hearing, Anderson's family and friends hugged and cried in the hallway. Arroyo said she was pleased by the sentence, but added: "I still don't have my daughter back.


Love story's sad ending goes to Sacramento jury in murder trial

By Kim Minugh - The Sacramento Bee

Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012

They told a tumultuous and dramatic story of a love affair between two young women, a tale replete with passion and partying, jealousy and a horrible ending.

But it was how that tragic end played out that the two attorneys disagreed on: Was it a cold, calculated murder? Or a spontaneous act fueled by cocaine, liquor and rage?

On Tuesday morning, the prosecutor and the public defender left the answer to jurors who will decide the fate of Lan Anh Le who, at the age of 22, stands accused of murder in the death of her lover, 26-year-old Monica Anne Anderson.

A few key details of the March 13, 2010, attack were undisputed in court. Le, then 20, and Anderson had spent the night drinking vodka and snorting lines of cocaine before a volatile argument over a cellphone charger broke out in the bedroom.

As Anderson tried to flee her Citrus Heights apartment, Le chased her down, butcher knife in hand. She sank it into her lover's back and then, when Anderson had collapsed on the ground, into her chest, arms and neck.

A forensic pathologist would count 91 stab wounds.

Deputy District Attorney Anthony Ortiz promised a short, straightforward trial with gruesome evidence, some of which he flashed on a projector during his opening statement.

He said the evidence would leave no doubt in jurors' minds that Anderson was "brutally murdered without any just reason at all."

As a preview, Ortiz played for the jury clips of the videotaped statement Le gave to a Citrus Heights detective shortly after the attack. In one clip, she claims "everything would have been peaceful" if Anderson had just handed over the cellphone charger; in another, she said Anderson "didn't really put up a fight."

"She started running away from me, and that's when it happened," she said in yet another segment, referring to the stabbing. "I was just really pissed."

Ortiz described for the jury a frantic call Anderson had made to her mother six months earlier, in which the tearful young woman said her girlfriend had blindly attacked her, blackening her eye and bruising her arm.

He showed photos a Citrus Heights police officer had taken of her injuries.

Other snapshots Ortiz displayed for the jury included post-mortem pictures of Anderson's carved-up body, one of them eliciting an audible gasp from a relative in the audience.

More evidence would show the "pettiness" and "ridiculousness" of the crime, Ortiz said. "Ultimately you'll hear about several decisions made that day a decision to kill, a decision to chase her down, a decision to stab her multiple times in the back," Ortiz said. "You're going to be left with the feeling, 'This is ridiculous.' "

Public Defender Sandra Di Giulio sought to build sympathy for her client, going back to Le's troubled childhood as one of 10 children raised by Vietnamese refugees in a cramped south Sacramento home.

Child Protective Services came to investigate allegations of abuse and endangerment on several occasions, Di Giulio said, but the children had been taught not to talk to them.

She described a 16-year-old Le who hooked up with the wrong guy, one responsible for getting her addicted to drugs. Finally, at a group home for women, Le began to get her life in order, only to get aged out of the system.

Di Giulio said Le fell hard for Anderson, "looked up to (her) this pretty, older girl who seemed to have everything."

She described their relationship as young love, "troubled" and "passionate."

"She loved Monica Anderson so much, but on March 13, 2010, when Lan was just 20 years old, she did something while under the influence of alcohol and cocaine and emotion that she is never ever going to be able to take back," Di Giulio said.

She described her client lying down next to Anderson's lifeless body and turning the knife on herself, cutting herself as she had done as a troubled teen, until a friend of Anderson's took the knife from her hands and detained her until police arrived.

After reviewing the evidence, Di Giulio told jurors, "you're going to understand why this was a crime of passion, a crime that can only happen when a person like Le has such intense feelings for somebody else."

"It wasn't this deliberate, thought-out, planned, premeditated murder," Di Giulio said.


Murder trial begins for woman accused of stabbing lover 91 times in 2010

The Sacramento Bee

July 31, 2012

There was no question in Dept. 17 this morning of who killed Monica Anderson.

Instead, attorneys in the Sacramento Superior courtroom debated in their opening statements whether Lan Anh Le stabbed her 26-year-old lover in a premeditated, calculated attack on March 13, 2010 or in a fit of passion.

Deputy District Attorney Anthony Ortiz warned jurors that they would see gruesome evidence during the trial, but argued that the case is a "straightforward" murder case.

Le, now 22, stabbed her girlfriend 91 times, proof of "the viciousness of the attack," Ortiz said.
"When you see the evidence, you'll come to no different conclusion - this was a murder," Ortiz said.

Le's public defender, Sandra Di Giulio, argued instead that her client acted that morning in the heat of passion, fueled by vodka, cocaine, jealousy and rage.

"She did something while under the influence of alcohol and cocaine and emotion that she is never ever going to be able to take back," Di Giulio told the jury.

After reviewing the evidence, she said, "you're going to understand why this was a crime of passion, a crime that can only happen when a person like Lan has such intense feelings for somebody else."

Twenty years old at the time, Le fatally stabbed Anderson after a night of partying that ended with a fight between the two women in the victim's Citrus Heights apartment. The women were fighting over a cell phone charger.


Lan Anh Le Of Citrus Heights kills another woman during brawl

March 13, 2010

A violent struggle between two women ended in a fatal stabbing at a Citrus Heights apartment complex early Saturday morning, according to authorities.

The fight between the two adult women was reported around 2:30 a.m. at the complex at 7683 Greenback Lane, Citrus Heights Police Sgt. Lee Herrington said.

Herrington said the two women knew each other and it was not immediately clear what sparked the altercation in the complex common area.

Monica Anne Anderson, 26, suffered major injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The other woman, 20-year-old Lan Anh Le, was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital and arrested on murder charges.


Lan Anh Le


The victim

Monica Anne Anderson, 26.



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