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Man who paralyzed Glendale cardiologist in knife attack faces life in prison

July 13, 2010 |  7:59 am

A 74-year-old man faces a possible sentence of life in prison for a November 2006 pocketknife attack on a cardiologist at the doctor's Glendale office.

Mohamed Latif of Heartbeat Cardiovascular Medical Group was stabbed several times and was left paralyzed by the attack, according to the L.A. County district attorney's office.

Suspect Mike Du Trieu had been Latif's patient for more than a decade before attacking him in his office, authorities said. Trieu claimed that Latif killed his mother in 1994, and the attack was in retaliation for that belief, according to the district attorney's office.

Jurors deliberated for less than a day Friday to decide that Trieu was sane during the attack, according to the district attorney's office.

With the sanity issue settled, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge will sentence Trieu on July 30, the district attorney's office said. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole. 

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-- Glendale News Press

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