Alameda Teen’s Killer Given Life Sentence

A jury found Oakland resident Quochy “Tony” Tranman guilty today of murdering 15-year-old Alamedan Ichinkhorloo “Iko” Bayarsaikhan at Washington Park on Halloween three years ago, reports Peter Hegarty of the Alameda Journal.

Tran, now 19 but 16 at the time of the crime, could face life in prison when a judge sentences him August 20. He was tried as an adult.

His attorney Anne Beles said there would be an appeal, since  “He was 16 at the time. He should never have been prosecuted from the very beginning,” she said.

Five other boys were convicted in juvenile court for their roles in the slaying at the park on Central Avenue on October 31, 2007.

After a botched robbery, Tran grabbed a gun and fired a single shot, hitting Bayarsaikhan in the back.

“This was a crime that tore the heart out of a community,” prosecutor Tim Wellman said Monday.

A native of Mongolia, Bayarsaikhan came with her brother and parents to Alameda six years ago. She was a junior at Alameda High School at the time of her death.

“My heart was shaking,” said Uranchimeg Khishigdorji, the victim’s mother, about the moments before the verdict was read. “If Tony was found not guilty, for the rest of my life I would be suffering.”

Certainly, she would not have been alone in her suffering, as the death of the Alameda High student pained Island residents for the past few years.

Many will anxiously await the sentencing some six or seven weeks from now.

Janet Levaux

  • reader

    Do you see any contradiction between your headline and the second paragraph?

  • souldogdave

    He shot a girl in the back. He never should have been prosecuted in the first place? He should never see the light of day again. If it was my daughter, I would shoot him like the dog that he is. Tell me,Anne Beles, will you defend me?

  • jlevaux

    I think it would be a contradiction if the headline said teen killer.
    But I was using the possessive, teen’s killer.
    Plus, Tran was a teen at the time of the murder, 16, and is still a teen now, at 19.

  • Dave J

    You missed the point of Souldogdave. The issue is with the use of “…Killer Given Life Sentence” in the headline, while you state “[killer] could face life in prison…” in the second paragraph. The headline and body appear to contradict each other. The reader can’t help but feel deceived by the headline.

    Re: “If Tony was found not guilty, for the rest of my life I would be suffering.”

    After the sentencing when her suffering remains, she’ll likely find that no amount of revenge will ease it.

    So sad. I had forgotten about this until your blog post. Agreed this hit the heart of every decent Alameda citizen hard. I am glad the culprit will be sequestered, not to pay for what they did, but to keep them from influencing a single other person on the planet with their broken sense of reality, at least until it is matured and fixed. I agree, this person is too young to stand trial as an adult alone; their parents should be on the defendant stand and tried along with him.

    I can only hope the culprit finds something to turn their life around from the parasite to society they have been up until this point.

    So sad… for both teens.