An episode of NBC’s “Dateline: Open Water” details the gruesome murder of Micki Kanesaki, 52, by her ex-husband Lonnie Loren Kocontes. From the outside, it appeared that the ex-couple was preparing to renew their passion on a Mediterranean Sea trip in May 2006. They were unaware that Lonnie, a well-known thrifter, had gone to great lengths to murder his ex-wife rather than win her back in order to inherit her wealth. Fortunately, with Amy Nguyen’s assistance, his ideas came to light as the years went by.
Who is Amy Nguyen?
Through a dating website, Amy Nguyen first connected with Lonnie Loren Kocontes in 2002, the same year he and Micki decided to call it quits after almost seven years of marriage. Despite continuing to live together in their Ladera Ranch home, the ex-couple had no commitments to one another and had already begun the process of dividing their assets. During this time, Lonnie and Amy built a close friendship by staying at budget “no-tell motels” that Micki was ostensibly unaware of. But eventually they made their relationship known. The new couple then moved in together in Orange County after being married in Las Vegas in 2005.
But near the end of the same year, Lonnie returned to living with Micki after divorcing Amy, his third wife. To further complicate matters, Lonnie told Amy that he loved her and did not want to leave her before to doing so. Everything started to alter then. Amy had overheard her ex-husband talking to his closest buddy about killing Micki and taking “matters into his own hands,” but she never believed he was serious. Not until everything had actually happened, when he allegedly threatened to murder her and began pressing her into lying. And for that reason, Amy sided with Lonnie when he was required to go before a federal grand jury in 2008.
Where is Amy Nguyen Now?
However, Amy Nguyen revised her account in the years that followed while speaking with local law enforcement officials. She was honest with them, exposing Lonnie’s misdeeds and offering every kind of evidence against him. As a result, in 2013, when the Orange County Grand Jury indicted Lonnie for first-degree murder with a special circumstances enhancement for financial gain in connection with Micki Kanesaki’s death, she was the one whose testimony had the most weight.
When Amy threatened to testify against Lonnie while he was in detention, Lonnie made the decision to take action against her as well. Lonnie reportedly attempted to hire two prisoners to murder his third ex-wife in order to keep her quiet. According to accounts, he prepared a document for Amy to sign, certifying that her 2006 testimony in his favour before a federal grand jury was accurate. Then, before killing her, he intended to pay the two prisoners to coerce her into signing the document. One of them, however, went to the DA’s office.
Lonnie denied both trying to have his third wife killed and killing his second wife. He was nevertheless charged with two counts of soliciting a murder and one count of soliciting bribery of a witness according to the evidence. A judge dismissed these accusations in light of Micki’s life sentence for the murder trial, which was held separately from this one. According to the most recent news, Amy has been working proudly as a middle school teacher. As far as we can tell, this Los Angeles, California, resident no longer worries about her ex maybe coming back into her life.
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