Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Lucifer Vincent Nguyen, age 45, of New Hope, was sentenced today to 545 months in prison by Judge Christian Wilton in connection with a home invasion armed robbery, an armed robbery of an employee in a nearby senior care facility, and the murder of Beverly Cory, age 48 of Maplewood, who was an employee at a nearby office building. All of these crimes occurred on July 29, 2017 in Mendota Heights. Nguyen pled guilty May 8, 2018, to one count of Murder in the Second Degree (Intentional) and two counts of Aggravated Robbery in the First Degree.
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At Nguyen’s sentencing hearing, five victim impact statements were read by members of Beverly Cory’s family and a friend, and one by the homeowner who was robbed at gunpoint before the murder took place. Numerous other victim statements were presented to the Court in writing. These statements provided a strong testimonial of the amazing woman whose life was taken so violently and so callously on that tragic morning and the significant trauma inflicted on the others who were robbed at gun point.
Lucifer Nguyen made no comment at today’s sentencing hearing. He will be immediately transferred to the custody of the Minnesota Department of Corrections where he will serve a minimum of 30 years in prison.
Backstrom commented: "We seldom see random crimes of extreme violence of this nature. These senseless acts of violence have devastated the family and friends of Beverly Cory and significantly traumatized the other victims. We are pleased to have brought the defendant to justice. He clearly deserves the lengthy prison sentence he has received."
Backstrom thanked Kathy Keena, the Assistant County Attorney who prosecuted the case. Backstrom also thanked the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office, the Electronic Crimes Unit Task Force, the Mendota Heights Police Department, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Marshal’s Office and all other law enforcement agencies that assisted in this investigation and apprehension of Nguyen.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.