Dung Van Tran, 38 from Boston was convicted by a Suffolk County jury yesterday of arson, home invasion, assault with intent to murder and aggravated assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon. The prosecution alleged that as a result of an abusive relationship the defendant’s wife left the marital home in October of 2006. She rented an apartment for herself and the couple’s infant daughter. The day of the incident Tran entered the apartment bringing with him a gasoline can and a lighter. While inside he doused the 14 month old girl, himself and a live-in babysitter with gasoline. The defendant then set himself and the other on fire. All were injured. The young child was burned over thirty percent of her body requiring several surgical procedures. After a five day trial Tran was convicted. Sentencing is scheduled for March 11th.
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All of the charges Tran was convicted of are serious felonies. Perhaps the most serious in this case is the home invasion. Home invasion in Massachusetts is a felony in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 265 Section 18C. This law states that anyone who enters someone else’s home knowing that someone is present and does so while armed with a dangerous weapon, and uses force or threatens the use of force on someone in the home is guilty of home invasion. A conviction of this crime carries a minimum twenty year sentence.
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