File photo by Ty Swenson
King County Sheriff's Office detectives at the scene of a 2011 shooting death in White Center. On Aug. 23, a King County judge sentences Cu Van Truong to 50 years in prison for the murder of 24-year-old Jason Saechao at the Seattle Roll Bakery.

50-year sentence issued in White Center bakery murder

King County Judge Katherine Shaffer ordered the man found guilty of murdering 24-year-old Jason Saechao in White Center to spend the next 50 years behind bars.

Cu Van Troung was 25 at the time he shot and killed Saechao at the Seattle Roll Bakery on Dec. 28, 2011. A King County jury found him guilty in June of first degree murder with a firearm enhancement and first degree unlawful possession of a a firearm (he was a convicted felon at the time of the shooting). His sentencing range was 40 to 50 years, and Shaffer went for the max.

In what detectives described as a revenge plot, Truong arrived at the Seattle Roll Bakery around midnight to confront Saechao about “bad mouthing” him and stealing a necklace from an acquaintance of Troung’s who was dating Saechao’s girlfriend while the shooting victim was in jail.

Witnesses to the murder initially told police the shooting was the act of a random robber, but later changed their stories after further investigation, identifying Troung as the shooter.

They told police the two men started an argument out front that came inside the bakery, where Troung pulled a handgun from his waistband and shot Saechao in the leg from 10 feet away, and then fired four more shots as he moved in closer to his victim.

He was arrested the next day near his sister’s home in Burien.

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