Chinese officials sentenced to prison for watermelon vendor's death

Dec. 27, 2013 at 7:50 AM   |   0 comments

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CHANGSHA, China, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Four Chinese urban management officials were sentenced to prison Friday for fatally striking a watermelon vendor with a scale weight.

Deng Zhengija, 56, a farmer from Liantang Village, died in July after a clash in Changsha with members of the urban management administration in Linwu County of Hunan province.

The attack happened after Deng and his wife attempted to sell watermelons at a riverside spot where urban management officers had prohibited such sales.

Liao Weichang received 11 years in prison, Yuan Cheng to six years, Luo Weiping to four years and Xia Jiyu to 3 1/2 years, China's state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.

The officers turned themselves in to police after Deng's death, which is why they received lenient sentences, the Yongxing County People's Court said.

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