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Life in prison for former Va. Tech student who killed classmate

A former Virginia Tech graduate student who admitted to decapitating a classmate has been sentenced to life in prison.

Haiyang Zhu was sentenced Monday in Montgomery Councy Circuit Court to life without parole. He pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of fellow Chinese student Xin Yang.

Zhu attacked and decapitated the 22-year-old Yang as the pair had coffee at a campus eatery in January 2009.

Zhu spoke through an interpreter at Monday's hearing to express his “sincere apology and deepest remorse” for the attack.

The slaying was the first at the Blacksburg university since a deadly mass shooting there in 2007.

-- The Roanoke Times

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 19, 2010; 1:37 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Schools , Virginia  
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