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Man sentenced to life in prison for grad student murder

A California man was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Aug. 16 for the 2014 murder of a Chinese engineering student. The 21-year-old man was just one of four individuals charged with the murder of the 24-year-old University of Southern California graduate student.

On July 24, 2014, the convicted 21-year-old man and three others reportedly attacked the student with a baseball bat and wrench as he was attempting to walk home from the school. It appeared that the convicted man and the other alleged attackers thought that he had money on him. The student was reportedly able to escape the attackers and arrived home covered in blood. He was discovered by his roommates several hours later after he had already died from his injuries.

Another person involved in the attack had also been convicted but was waiting to be sentenced. Two others accused of involvement in the incident had not yet been tried.

Murder is perhaps the most serious crime a person can be accused of committing. As such, the charges carry serious consequences that can range from a lengthy prison sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Even so, there are defense strategies a criminal law attorney could utilize based on the case circumstances. For example, the attorney could assert that the accused person was not involved in the murder by providing an alibi and other evidence to support this claim. The attorney could also claim that the defendant reasonably feared for his or her life and was thus acting in self-defense.

Source: VOA News, "California Man Gets Life in Prison for 2014 Murder of Chinese Student", Aug. 16, 2017

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