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Ha Noi Pho gunman gets 330 year sentence

On November 14, 2007, Phung Van Dang, toting a shotgun, entered Ha Noi Pho's kitchen intent on robbery, but wound up shooting it out with detectives in plainclothes who were lunching in the restaurant at 1036 South Federal. Today Denver District Judge Martin Egelhoff sentenced Dang, a habitual offender, to 330 years in jail -- the maximum 24 years on all eleven counts of attempted aggravated robbery.

He's off to prison -- and Ha Noi Pho is still in business, serving up what Jason Sheehan named the Best Traditional Vietnamese Breakfast in the Best of Denver 2008.
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