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Posted at 1:55 PM ET, 04/19/2010

Life in prison for Va. Tech student

By Washington Post editors

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

Haiyang Zhu (HY-yung JOO) was sentenced Monday in Montgomery County Circuit Court to life without parole. He pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of fellow Chinese student Xin Yang (shin yuhng). 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.
Information from: The Roanoke Times,

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By Washington Post editors  | April 19, 2010; 1:55 PM ET
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  Murder, Murder of Yang Xin, Virginia Tech  
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He decapitated this person in public on campus?

Posted by: oknow1 | April 19, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

^^^^ I assume that you just came out of your cave? This was big news here like two years ago.

Posted by: DaleGribble | April 19, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Let me guess, he didn't mean to behead her?

Posted by: jabreal00 | April 20, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

The sentence should be life in solitary confinement.

Posted by: DecafDrinker | April 20, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Savage, animal, thug.

Posted by: no_turning_back | April 20, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

probably thought he was the last samurai or some bullsh1t asian superhero. or maybe he just wanted some head.

Posted by: STEVE4710 | April 20, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

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