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Second man gets life term for killing Chinese students

By Reuters

 Second man gets life term for killing Chinese students
These photos from the Los Angeles Police Department show Ying Wu (L) and Ming Qu, two University of Southern California (USC) students from China who were murdered in Los Angeles April 11, 2012. (PHOTO / AFP)

LOS ANGELES - The second of two men convicted of murder in the 2012 shooting deaths of two University of Southern California graduate students from China was sentenced on Monday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Javier Bolden was found guilty last month of first-degree murder for the slayings of 23-year-old engineering students Ming Qu and Ying Wu, who were gunned down in a botched robbery attempt as they sat together in a car parked outside Wu's rented home, a few blocks from campus.

Bolden, 22, received two consecutive life terms without parole eligibility for the USC killings in April 2012, and a third life term plus 22 years for a separate shooting two months earlier that left two people wounded, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

Bolden's accomplice in the USC murders, 21-year-old Byran Barnes, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in February after pleading guilty to murder and admitting he was the actual shooter in that case.

Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty for the two men.

The campus was riled again this year when 24-year-old Xinran Ji, an electrical engineering graduate student, also from China, was beaten to death with a baseball bat during a robbery.

Four teenagers pleaded not guilty in August to the killing, which occurred near Ji's Los Angeles apartment several blocks from USC.

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