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Elderly man sentenced in 94-yr-old man's brutal murder

William McDougall, 81, was sentenced for the beating death of his 94-year-old roommate, Manh Ban Nguyen, at the Palm Terrace Healthcare Center in Laguna Hills. (William McDougall, 81, was sentenced for the beating death of his 94-year-old roommate, Manh Ban Nguyen, at the Palm Terrace Healthcare Center in Laguna Hills.)
October 26, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
An 83-year-old man was sentenced Friday to lifetime probation with a suspended sentence of 16 years in state prison for murdering his 94-year-old roommate at an Orange County nursing home in 2010.

William Leo McDougall of Laguna Woods beat his roommate, Manh Ban Nguyen, to death with a wooden rod used to hang clothes.

The murder took place at Palm Terrace Healthcare Center on Oct. 1, 2010 in Laguna Hills where both men were recovering from hip surgeries.

According to detectives, McDougall mistakenly believed his wife was sleeping beside him and became enraged when he mistakenly thought he heard his roommate singing loudly. Police say McDougall then took a wooden rod from the closet in their room and hit Nguyen, who was sound asleep, multiple times in the head.

Nguyen died at a local hospital due to blunt force trauma to the head.

McDougall was sentenced to lifetime probation with a suspended sentence of 16 years in state prison.

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