Fort Worth man gets 99 years in slaying at Saigon Nites club in Arlington

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FORT WORTH -- A 27-year-old man was convicted of murder on Monday and sentenced to 99 years in prison for killing a man during a fight at an Arlington club in July 2011.

Nam Bryan Tran of Fort Worth was arrested in Houston in April 2012, about a month after America's Most Wanted aired a segment about him as the suspect in the fatal shooting of Austin Nguyen, 36.

On July 30, 2011, Nguyen had attended a wedding and afterward was with a large group at Saigon Nites Bar and Grill, 2410 E. Arkansas Lane, prosecutors told a jury in state District Judge Mollee Westfall's court.

Nguyen and Tran got into a fight, and Tran pulled a gun, shooting Nguyen several times.

He ran outside where he jumped into a car and forced the woman driving to speed away. Later, he ordered her out of the car and drove off. She was uninjured, and her car was recovered in Euless the next day, police said.

Nguyen, of Fort Worth, was pronounced dead at John Peter Smith Hospital. He was a telecommunications contractor and married with two daughters.

Tran was arrested in Houston about nine months later, according to a news release from the Tarrant County district attorney's office.

Tran must serve 30 years before he is eligible for parole, according to the news release.

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