A Chinese man who stabbed a woman 200 times with a sushi knife and decapitated her has been sentenced to life in prison. Liang Jiansen, 34, pleaded guilty to murdering Chen Qihong, 33, in 2017, in Cleveland Ohio. He also pleaded guilty to corpse abuse. Jiang will be eligible for parole after 25 years in prison, reports Cleveland.com.
Liang, who immigrated from China had trouble fitting in. He didn’t have many friends but Chen was one of them, who was also a Chinese immigrant. Chen lived with her boyfriend.
Liang Jiansen claims Chen invited him to her apartment on July 27, 2017. He claims she wanted to give him a massage. At some point in the night, Liang grabbed the sushi knife and stabbed her over 200 times. Additionally, he grabbed a meat cleaver and decapitated her. “That takes a lot of force and a lot of effort. A lot of rage, and a lot of passion,” the prosecutor Jennifer Driscoll said.
After, he called her boyfriend and told him that he killed Chen, then went over to a Cleveland police station and confessed to the murder.
Investigators went over to the apartment to find blood all over the place in different rooms. This led investigators to believe he chased Chen around. Prosecutor argued it was a slow death. Furthermore, Driscoll told the court it took 20 minutes for Chen to die.
Liang told psychiatrists that he heard voices and had visions that Chen would turn into a monster. As a result, psychiatrists agreed Liang suffered from mental illness but they were unsure to the degree it affected Liang during the murder.
Richard Ducker, Liang’s attorney told the court that Liang and Chen had more than a friendship. He said Liang bought her a ring and expected to move to San Francisco without Chen’s boyfriend. “It appears there may have been some kind of love triangle,” Drucker said.
The prosecutors denied these claims. “We believe the victim did befriend him, but there was nothing more. The defendant wanted something more,” Driscoll said. They claim Liang wanted more but Chen was not interested. Above all, Investigators backed up the prosecutors. They said there was no evidence of a romance.
Drucker told the court that Liang Jiansen had low IQ and that he was bipolar. He filed a motion last week to plead guilty by insanity. However, Liang pleaded guilty to aggravated murder before the judge, David Matia, could make a ruling. It didn’t take long for the judge to give Liang a minimum of 25 years in jail. He will face deportation after he serves his time.
“I’m not sure that I will ever fully understand the motivation here, if there even was one,” Matia told the court.