US student who killed Chinese scholar sentenced to life in prison

US student who killed Chinese scholar sentenced to life in prisonA former graduate student at a US university was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without possibility of release for the kidnapping and gruesome killing of a visiting Chinese scholar. Brendt Christensen, 30, who did not speak during the hearing, had faced a possible death sentence but his lawyer acknowledged his guilt at the opening of the trial in a bid to escape that punishment. US District Judge James Shadid, who delivered the sentence, called Christensen's actions "an inexplicable act of violence" and accused him of "fulfilling his self-absorbed and selfish fantasies with no regard... for anyone other than himself," the Chicago Tribune reported.




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