Two Now Charged With Convenience Store Murder

September 29, 2014

A mother and her son have are now both charged with the shooting death two weeks ago of an Escambia County convenience store operator.

Dontonio Diaz Thornton, 19, was arrested over the weekend and charged with homicide and robbery, while his mother, 39-year old Willie Mae Thornton was originally charged with battery and burglary. Monday, a charge of homicide was filed against Willie Mae Thornton.

Both remain in the Escambia County Jail without bond.

On September 13 shortly before 2 p.m, Phoung Nguyen Truong, 50, was found deceased behind the counter at his place of business, the T M Food Mart located in the 1000 block of West Michigan Avenue.

The arrests were announced Saturday afternoon during a press conference with Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan, investigators, Assistant State Attorney John Molchon and the family of Phoung Troung.

Pictured: The family of Phoung Troung speaks during a Saturday afternoon press conference as Assistant State Attorney John Molchon and Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan (right) listen. Courtesy photo for, click to enlarge.


4 Responses to “Two Now Charged With Convenience Store Murder”

  1. Greg M on September 30th, 2014 4:55 am

    What in the world makes someone throw their life away for what little bit of cash or what ever else these two could have gotten. Truly cold dark souls. Prayers for the poor man and his family ,but forgive me Lord for not praying for these two demon’s,
    We leave them in your hands….

  2. Lindsay on September 28th, 2014 1:10 pm

    So glad they caught them!! Its a special place in hell for these 2!! Less than a mile from my house! Used to stop in this store regularly.

  3. Anne on September 28th, 2014 1:09 pm

    Filthy disgusting animals. I hope mommie dearest gets the death penalty and her slow witted offspring rots in a hot Florida prison. My condolences to the victim’s poor family and friends. Mr. Troung obviously worked very hard for a living. Then you have scum like this that are so lazy they have to murder and steal. Makes every hard working American mad as hell.

  4. Kimberly on September 28th, 2014 9:24 am

    My prayers go out to the Truong family. Such a senseless crime. I hope this goes to trial soon so this family can “try” to move on with their lives. God bless them.

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