Ca Van Le, 32, once of Santa Ana, was charged with one felony count of murder, one felony charge of conspiracy to commit murder and two felony counts of attempted murder, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office.
Additionally, there are sentencing enhancements for criminal street gang activity and the vicarious discharge of a firearm as a gang member. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 80 years to life. He is being held without bail.
Seven co-defendants have already been convicted or pleaded guilty in this case.
The fatal shooting took place on July 5, 1999 and is considered to be the result of a shootout between rival gangs. A clash between the two groups at the eatery the day before led to an exchange of gunfire, car chases and “other violent and aggressive behavior.”
On the 5th, back at the restaurant, another shootout occurred and Duy-Nguyen The Doan, a gang member, was fatally shot in the head. Filings of a case against the defendants took place in 2005 and a warrant was issued for Le, who was finally located in Virginia in June.
He was extradited to California on June 17 and returned to Orange County to face charges.