An Ohio man will spend at least 25 years in prison after stabbing a woman more than 200 times with a sushi knife and then decapitating her with a meat cleaver after he experienced visions of her morphing into a monster.
Jiansen Liang, 34, pleaded guilty and then was sentenced this week to aggravated murder and abuse of a corpse in regards to the 2017 death of Qihong Chen, 33, Cleveland.com reports.
Liang, a Chinese national, confessed to the slaying in 2017, according to the Associated Press.
“This is a crime that shocked the community when it occurred and will forever continue to perplex all of those who look at its details,” Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge David Matia said in court on Monday, according to Cleveland.com.
Prosecutors say Chen and Liang were friends, but Liang may have wanted more.
His defense attorney Richard Drucker agreed and indicated there may have been a love triangle, according to Cleveland.com.
He also said Liang had a low IQ and was bipolar, according to AP.
“That takes a lot of force, and a lot of effort,” prosecutor Jennifer Driscoll said in court on Monday, describing the way that the victim died. “A lot of rage, and a lot of passion.”
Liang reportedly bought Chen food, and even bought her a ring in the hopes that the two would run away together to San Francisco, Drucker told the court on Monday, according to Cleveland.com.
“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,” Drucker said.
[Photo Credit: Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office]
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