by HEATHER HARLAN
One of the assailants who beat and stabbed a Chinese food deliveryman to death two years ago will spend the next 51-1/3 years in prison for his role in the brutal slaying.
A Queens judge gave William Capehart, 19, the maximum sentence for killing Huang Chen, 18, in 2004.
Capehart and two other teens lured Chen to his death with a $10 order of food from Chen’s family’s restaurant. When the deliveryman arrived at their apartment, the trio pounced on him with a baseball bat, hammer and knife, and then dumped his body in a pond in a nearby park.
Prosecutors claimed the killing was a robbery and initiation into a branch of the notorious Bloods gang.
Another one of the teens, Charles Bryant, 18, was already sentenced last May, to 52 years to life in prison. The third member of the group, Nayquan Miller, 18, agreed to a plea deal. He later testified against Capehart and is expected to be sentenced next month.
“I have experienced a lot, but I have never seen criminals so brutal like this,” said Huang’s father, Xin Shou Chen, after the sentence was handed down. “They were so cruel. For no reason whatsoever, they beat my son to death.”
Community leaders hailed the stiff prison term.
“Today’s sentencing closes another lengthy chapter in this terrible tragedy and brings a measure of justice to the Chen family, who have suffered immensely from the loss of their beloved son,” said New York City Council Member John Liu, who has assisted the family throughout the court proceedings.
“This is the kind of sentencing that will ensure criminals will face the full force of our justice system, especially if they think food delivery workers are easy prey.”
Copyright 2006 Asianweek.com