After murdering a friend, 42-year-old Pho Cuong Nguyen headed straight for the casino with money he had taken from the victim.

According to reports, both men were problem gamblers, and had been in financial trouble at the time of the shooting.

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Furthermore, the victim, Sy Hoang Nguyen, owed his murderer money.

Prior to committing the act, the accused managed to obtain $2000 of the $10,000 that his victim owed him. However, upon learning that Sy Hoang Nguyen had, at the time, won $54,600 at the casino, he became more belligerent.

The encounter ended with nine bullets being fired into the victim's head.

Sy Hoang, too, was heavily in debt. Apart from a $50,000 line of credit, he owed $33,000 to his son and a brother-in-law. In addition, a family member had paid $15,000 on one of his credit cards.

At the time of the murder, Phu Coang Nguyen had only 41 cents in his bank account. His creditors had threatened to kill him in the next few hours, if he was unable to pay them.

Sy Hoang's body was found by his son at his home on Jacques-Cartier Boulevard in Longueuil.

Phu Cuong Nguyen has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter.

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