6:46 PM CDT, October 26, 2012
SANTA ANA (KTLA) -- An 83-year-old man was sentenced to lifetime probation after pleading guilty to beating his 94-year-old roommate to death with a wooden rod.
William Leo McDougall received a suspended sentence of 16 years for bludgeoning Mahn Van Nguyen to death while he slept in 2010.
McDougall mistakenly believed that Nguyen was singing loudly and disturbing his sleeping wife, who in reality was not present, according to a statement from the Orange County District Attorney’s office.
McDougall became angry and took a wooden rod from the closet and hit his roommate repeatedly in the head.
Nguyen and McDougall were both recovering from hip surgery at Palm Terrace Healthcare Center in Laguna Woods when the attack took place.
A nurse stopped the attack, but Nguyen later died due to blunt force trauma.