It has all the works of a thrilling novel: estranged twin sisters, greed, hatred, and family strife.
The murder plot of Jeen “Gina” Han against her twin sister Sunny received international headlines back in the late 90s, after Sunny had aided authorities mount a prosecution against Gina for her involvement in the theft of cash and credit cards from people in the San Diego area, the L.A. Times reports.
Jeen Han, now 43, has spent the last 19 years behind bars. But that might soon change.
But what really went down?
Gina allegedly wanted her twin dead after she had been convinced that Sunny was in possession of some her things. They had been feuding for a couple of years, with Gina even escaping a San Diego prison during a work furlough, but in November 1996 she had then allegedly hired two teenage accomplices to carry out an attack on Sunny and her roommate, Helen Kim.
Archie Bryant, 18, and John Sayarath, 16, posed as magazine salesmen to get into Sunny Han’s apartment. She was in her bedroom at the time and heard her roommate Kim scuffling with the men. She used her cellphone to call 911 before the two teens burst into her bedroom and tied her up, wrote the L.A. Times.
Han and two teenage accomplices were convicted in 1998 of conspiracy to commit murder and other crimes for the attack in 1996 on Sunny her then-roommate, Helen Kim.
While in custody, she had tried to take her own life with sleeping pills.
While in court, she said she was “deeply sorry” for what had happened and never intended to murder Sunny.
She added that “despite the circumstances, I had absolutely no intent to kill my twin sister. Sunny is my flesh and blood,” the report said.
But Gina may be getting out of prison soon after the parole board recommended release, but Gov. Jerry Brown will have final say on upholding or rejecting parole during a review period, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office.
But prosecutors cited a parole board psychologist’s diagnosis that Han has borderline personality disorder with antisocial traits, and might continue to pose an “unreasonable risk of danger to society.”
Han had also submitted letters to court from men in the States and abroad that showed she apparently had a plan after getting out of prison, but prosecutors only pointed to her ‘ability to manipulate.’
“In just writing letters to them, she ‘facilitated’ them in offering her money, lodging, jobs, and with regard to a gentleman in England, even giving her $100,000 after only corresponding with her for 12 months. This manipulative ability is not surprising, given her extreme intelligence coupled with an untreated personality disorder,” Deputy Dist. Atty. Nikki Chambers wrote in her letter to the governor.
“The fact remains that she is still flexing the manipulation muscles that she used when she recruited two young men to murder her sister, and they appear to be as keen as they were in 1996.”
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