Man pleads no contest to fatal stabbing of relative in El Monte

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A man from Calgary, Canada took a plea deal this week in the 2018 stabbing death of his brother-in-law at an El Monte parking lot.

Loi Vi Tran, 43, pleaded no contest on Wednesday, May 10, to first degree murder and will be sentenced on June 15, said Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The victim, 45-year-old Stephen Tran of El Monte, died from multiple stab wounds, according to the coroner’s office.

Loi Vi Tran faces a sentence of 25 years to life, Sheriff’s Lt. Vincent Orsini said.

The stabbing happened at a parking lot in the 10500 block of Lower Azusa Road around 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 16.

The two men had an ongoing dispute, Orsini said.

Loi Vi Tran went bowling with relatives, paid for the games then waited outside for them, DA officials said. While in the parking lot, he had words with Stephen Tran and stabbed him several times in the chest with a kitchen knife.

Police arrested Loi Vi Tran at the scene and also found the knife used. Stephen Tran later died at Methodist Hospital of Southern California in Arcadia.

Loi Vi Tran’s attorney couldn’t be reached for comment on Thursday. He remains in custody without bail at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles.