She Tried to Kill the 'Good Twin.' Now She Could Go Free
Jeen 'Gina' Han has served 19 years after being convicted of conspiracy to commit murder
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2017 12:33 PM CST
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In this 1998 file photo, Deputy Public Defender Roger Alexander puts his arm around Jeen "Gina" Han in Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana, Calif., after she was sentenced to 26 years to life for plotting the murder of her twin sister, Sunny.   (Ygnacio Nanetti/Orange Country Register via AP, Pool, File)

(Newser) – Jeen "Gina" Han's nickname—the "evil twin"—wasn't born from tabloid coverage of her 1997 trial. It was bestowed on her by Irvine, Calif., police, reports the Los Angeles Times, who branded the sister she plotted to kill the "good twin." Now, after 19 years in prison for her conviction on charges related to the 1996 attack on Sunny Han and her roommate, the state Board of Parole has recommended the 43-year-old be released. The AP reports Gov. Jerry Brown has 120 days to decide whether to approve or reject that recommendation, and the Orange County District Attorney's Office is leaning on him to do the latter, describing Gina in a letter as "very intelligent and still manipulative" and a threat to society.

The twins were co-high school valedictorians in Campo, but their relationship broke down in the years that followed. Sunny accused her sister of stealing her BMW and using her credit cards. Prosecutors argued that Gina wanted her sister dead and recruited two teens to make that happen. As Gina waited in a car outside, Archie Bryant, 16, and John Sayarath, 15, gained entry to Sunny's apartment by pretending to sell magazines. They restrained her roommate, Helen Kim; Sunny managed to call 911 before she was tied up. An LAT article on the trial says the girls were put in a bathtub; receipts showed Gina had bought twine, duct-tape, Pine Sol, and garbage bags. But police were quickly on the scene, and Gina was sentenced to 26 years to life in May 1998. She claimed she never intended to kill her twin. Bryant was sentenced to 16 years; Sayarath, to 8, reports the Orange County Register. (This woman was arrested over her twin's death.)

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