Beijing bomber sentenced to 7 years in jail

08:57, April 27, 2011      

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A man charged with setting off a homemade bomb near one of Beijing's main diplomatic enclaves and injuring an American student last year was sentenced to seven years behind bars Tuesday.

Lei Sen, 22, had his sentence handed down by the Dongcheng District People's Court. He will also have his political rights revoked for one year, according to the court's verdict.

Lei, a farmer from Peng'an County in southwest China's Sichuan Province, was found guilty of detonating an explosive device in Dongcheng District on Oct. 21, 2010. He said that he committed the crime as a form of revenge against society for perceived past wrongs.

A 30-year-old American student named Santeii Michael Charles sustained slight injures to his leg during the blast.

Police caught Lei five days after the explosion occurred.

Lei's adoptive father said, "I never thought he was capable of doing something like this. He was once a good boy and used to be afraid of lighting firecrackers when he was little."

"I guess my son could not come to terms with two things. The first is why his birth parents gave him away. The other is why he had to suffer so much hardship in life. He once cut his wrist trying to commit suicide," said Lei's adoptive father.

During the sentencing, the judge addressed Lei, saying "there are still people care about you, like your father who traveled all the way to see you. During the trial, you said you wanted a second chance, and you still have it, since you are young. I hope you can drop your grudges and start planning for your future."

Lei said he would not appeal and that he regrets what he did.

Source: Xinhua
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