An Orange County man was sentenced to life in federal prison Monday for shooting a man who owed him money and leaving him to drown in the Pacific Ocean, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Hoang Xuan Le, a Fountain Valley man also known as “Wayne” or “Wangsta,” faced the mandatory life sentence after he pleaded guilty or was convicted of multiple charges — including murder — in December 2021 and February 2022.
With the help of 43-year-old Sheila Marie Ritze of San Juan Capistrano, Le took the victim — identified only as Dao — out on Ritze’s boat in October 2019, ostensibly for a lobster-fishing trip.
“Le committed murder, and, as a result, [the victim’s] family will never see him again,” prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum. “Le’s crime has left a grieving mother, grieving widow, grieving brothers, a grieving sister, and two fatherless small children.”