Man sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for violent murder of Chinese American woman

Updated 2018-03-22 09:58:01 Xinhua

A man accused of mutilating a 28-year-old American Chinese woman to death in New York City in 2015 has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown Tuesday handed down the sentence to Christopher Sobers, 28, who was convicted of second-degree murder, tampering with physical evidence and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

According to trial testimony, Sobers repeatedly stabbed and slashed Qing Qing Kiemde to death. Kiemde's body was found by a homeless man on Oct. 11, 2015 in Kissena Corridor Park in NYC's borough of Queens.

When Sobers was taken in for questioning by police, he was in possession of the victim's cellphone, which had been erased all Kiemde's data and replaced with his own information.

The young woman who had her ex-husband's surname was originally from Wenzhou, China. She lived in the Queens neighborhood of Elmhurst with her family after getting divorced six months prior to her murder.

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