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*Former San Jose Fugitive Luong Hue Tieu Sentenced In Chip Warehouse Robbery

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A man who pleaded guilty to aiding an attempted robbery of a computer chip warehouse and then fled for 11 years has been sentenced in federal court in San Jose to seven years and three months in prison.Luong Hue Tieu was given the sentence by U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte on Monday. The prison term includes six years and eight months for the attempted robbery and an additional seven months to failing to appear for sentencing. Tieu pleaded guilty in 1997 to a federal criminal charge of obstructing interstate commerce by attempting to aid a supposed robbery of a computer chip warehouse in 1995.According to papers filed by his defense attorney, Geoffrey Braun, the purported robbery was a sting operation set up by undercover agents to apprehend participants in a long-running chip theft ring. Tieu’s role was to act as the driver for the leader of the robbery, the defense attorney said.Tieu fled before his sentencing in July 1997 and was apprehended in Santa Ana in January 2008.  Last month, he pleaded guilty to a second charge of failing to appear for sentencing.

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