Killer struck so that he would get death penalty

Updated: 2011-10-14 07:54

(China Daily)

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A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to death, suspended for two years, for the murder of an elderly woman - a crime he says he committed because he wanted to die.

Pei, as he was identified by police, was born in 1990 to a poor family in Hebei province. Detectives say he killed his victim in a village in Qingdao, Shandong province, on April 11, and was detained five days later. On his capture, he said he planned the crime so that a court would sentence him to death.

Investigations found Pei went to Shandong to work as a migrant worker when he was 18 years old and had little contact with his parents, who divorced in 2008 and paid him no attention.

(City Sun)