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Man, 83, faces life in prison in killing of 94-year-old roommate

August 17, 2012 |  7:12 pm

MCDOUGAL, WILLIAM LEO An 83-year-old man faces up to 25 years to life behind bars after being convicted Friday of killing his 94-year-old roommate at a Laguna Woods rehabilitation center.

He is scheduled to be sentenced in October.

William Leo McDougall of Laguna Woods was accused of repeatedly hitting his roommate on the head because he thought the roommate was singing in Vietnamese, authorities said.

McDougall was recovering from hip surgery at the Palm Terrace Healthcare Center on Oct. 1, 2010, when he became angry with his roommate, Manh Van Nguyen, whom McDougall believed had begun singing in Vietnamese, according to prosecutors. Nguyen was also recovering from hip surgery. McDougall took a wooden rod from the closet in their room and hit Nguyen "multiple times in the head," authorities said.

A nurse entering the room discovered the attack. McDougall had to be restrained to end it, according to prosecutors.

Nguyen was taken to a hospital, where he died of blunt-force trauma, prosecutors said.

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Photo: William Leo McDougall. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office

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