American woman Holly Davis was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Friday in a court in the western US state of Arizona for murdering a Chinese student after a rear-end collision in 2016.
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A judge in Maricopa County Superior Court sentenced Davis to 25 years with no possibility of early release for second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Jiang Yue in January 2016, a 19-year-old Chinese student who got scholarships to study at Arizona State University,.
Jiang was driving her car when rear-ended by Davis in the Arizona city of Tempe. Davis then got out of her Volkswagen Passat, walked up to Jiang's car and opened fire.
The shooting killed Jiang, who was in the driver's seat, and injured six others after Jiang's car veered out of control into an intersection and struck an oncoming car. Davis fled the scene and was later taken into custody by police. She has remained in jail since then.
Dressed in black with a small white flower in her hair, Xu Xiang, the victim's cousin, was present in the court on Friday.
Xu glared at Davis before she stepped towards the center of the court to make her statement.
She wept and called Davis a monster. "All I want to say is no matter how much you dress yourself up like a human, the inhumane acts you did to Yue's life will not disappear," she said.
"No words can express how sorry I am. I am so sorry," Davis told the judge in the court, accompanied by her lawyer. "We tried our best to fight for justice," Xu said after the trial. "We had no choice but to face it," she said.
"We are grateful for all people offering help to us throughout the entire process, including the Chinese consulate, attorney, overseas Chinese organizations, schoolmates and Arizona State University," she said, "we hope such tragedies end there."
In order to avoid being too sad or emotional, Jiang's father, who has also traveled from China to Phoenix for the trial, did not appear in the court.
The Consulate General of China in Los Angeles told Xinhua on Friday that they pay close attention to Jiang's case and follow-up trials, and have provided necessary consular assistance to Jiang's family.
"We think the judiciary should put proper punishment in place, strive for justice, and prevent reoccurrence of such tragedies," the consulate said.