A Chinese man who stabbed a woman with a sushi knife 200 times before decapitating her with a meat cleaver was sentenced to life in prison on Monday.
The crime occurred at a unit in Fairview Village Apartments in Cleveland, Ohio on the night of July 27, 2017.
Jiansen Liang, 34, pleaded guilty to aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, kidnapping and gross abuse of a corpse, Fox 8 reported. He met the victim, Qihong Chen, 33, in his new community after emigrating from China.
After the plea, Judge David Matia of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court immediately sentenced Liang to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.
Liang’s motivation for the gruesome crime remains unclear. His attorney, Richard Drucker, argued that he was bipolar, had low IQ and struggled to fit in.
Drucker also claimed that his client — who dreamt of joining Chen in California — may had been involved in a love triangle.
However, Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Jennifer Driscoll said that investigators found no evidence to prove that the two were romantically involved.
“We believe the victim did befriend him, but there was nothing more. The defendant wanted something more,” Cleveland.com quoted Driscoll as saying.
According to Driscoll, Liang spent about 20 minutes taking Chen’s life, stabbing her hundreds of times before beheading her.
“That takes a lot of force, and a lot of effort. A lot of rage, and a lot of passion.”
Following the crime, Liang called Chen’s boyfriend to tell him that he had killed his girlfriend.
The Chinese national then proceeded to a Cleveland police station and confessed to his actions while asking officers to kill him.
Drucker, who described the crime as resulting from “passion, psychological disorder and poor intellectual functioning,” added that Liang had reported hearing voices and seeing visions of Chen turn into a monster that eventually prompted the attack.
“I’m not saying the victim provoked this outburst because obviously there’s never any kind of provocation that could result in this type of homicide.”
Liang will be deported to China when released.