Suspect charged with killing Lindale man in road rage incident sentenced to life for Arlington shooting

Suspect charged with killing Lindale man in road rage incident sentenced to life for Arlington shooting
Son Duong
Ryan Mullee (Source: Facebook)
Ryan Mullee (Source: Facebook)

ARLINGTON, TX (KLTV) - Editors Note: A previous version of this story said Duong had been sentenced for the shooting of Ryan Mullee, of Lindale. Duong was sentenced for a shooting that took place in Arlington. However, the family of Mullee did testify in that case in order to gain a harsher sentence for Duong. Duong may still be put on trial in Van Zandt County for the murder of Mullee.

A North Texas man has been sentenced to life in prison for a shooting that took place in Arlington.

Son Duong, 32, of Grand Prairie, was sentenced to life in prison this week on an aggravated assault charge.

According to the Assistant Criminal District Attorney of Tarrant County, Vincent Giardino, in May of 2017, Duong was at his cousin's house, smoking meth in her garage, when he heard a car pull up. Giardino says Duong was living with his cousin at the time. Her friends had come to her home around 3:30 a.m. The people inside the car saw Duong with a gun and attempted to drive away. In a state of paranoia, Duong fired 10 rounds down the residential street as the car was moving. A bullet grazed the driver in the head, according to Giardino, and another bullet went through the trunk and the backseat and hit him in the back. The driver survived.

Duong was arrested ten hours after the shooting. Investigators learned that a murder warrant was already issued for Duong in Van Zandt County for the death of Ryan Mullee, 39, of Lindale. The same gun that was used in that crime was discovered in Duong's possession along with another firearm.

Mullee was killed Feb. 22, 2016 during a shooting on Interstate 20, near Tank Farm Road in Van Zandt County. The Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office said Mullee died from a gunshot wound to the head. He was on his way home from work in Dallas when he was fatally shot.

Duong was arrested on May 25 in Arlington on drug charges along with warrants for the murder of Mullee. For 14 months multiple agencies including the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office, The Smith County Sheriff's Office, The Canton Police Department, searched for Duong.

During the punishment phase of the trial in Arlington, where Duong was found guilty, Mrs. Mulee testified. Evidence was presented from the case of Mullee's death which aided in harshening Duong's sentence, according to Giardino. The Van Zandt County District Attorney assisted in giving information to the jury.

Duong was sentenced to life for an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge. He was also given a 20-year-sentence for the unlawful possession of a firearm charge, according to the Tarrant County district attorney's office.

Giardino says Duong may still go to trial in Van Zandt County for the murder of Mullee. It is up to the Van Zandt County district attorney and the family of Mullee, whether or not they want to pursue the murder charge and go to trial.

Duong is also wanted for other felonies in Arkansas and Florida. Officials in those states will also decide whether or not to put Duong on trial in order to "stack" his sentences.

As of now, Duong will be eligible for parole in 30 years.

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