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Illinois man jailed for life over murder of Chinese graduate student


Added 07-19-19 01:10:02am EST - “An Illinois man described by prosecutors as obsessed with serial killers was sen...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “Illinois man jailed for life over murder of Chinese graduate student”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

PEORIA, Ill. (Reuters) - An Illinois man described by prosecutors as obsessed with serial killers was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday for the kidnapping and decapitation of a Chinese graduate student two years ago.

A U.S. District Court jury in Peoria, Illinois found Brendt Christensen, 29, guilty last month of all charges in the murder of Yingying Zhang, a 26-year-old student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

On Thursday, the same jury of five women and seven men told the judge they were unable to unanimously decide between life in prison or the death penalty. Christensen was then sentenced to life imprisonment by default.

Christensen, who looked down with his eyes closed, smiled and sighed when U.S. District Judge James Shadid read the decision. He hugged and thanked his lawyers. His mother was hugged by a member of his legal team in the courtroom.

Shadid admonished Christensen for not addressing Zhang’s family when he gave him the opportunity during a brief hearing later when he formally sentenced him.

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