ROWLAND HEIGHTS (CALIFORNIA) (TIP): Three students from China were sentenced on Feb 17 to years in prison after prosecutors said they stripped, beat and burned two classmates.
The defendants and victims were “parachute kids” who studied in Southern California while their parents remained back home. Yunyao “Helen” Zhai was sentenced to 13 years behind bars; Yuhan “Coco” Yang got 10 years; and Xinlei “John” Zhang received a six-year term. All three apologized in court for their actions. “I hope they do not carry the wounds from what I did for the rest of their lives,” Zhai wrote of the victims in a statement read by her attorney.
The 19-year-olds were accused of bullying a 16-year-old girl who was punched and slapped last March at a restaurant and a park in Rowland Heights, east of Los Angeles.