Man who killed 5 relatives with meat cleaver gets 125 years

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2013 file photo, Mingdong Chen is arraigned in Brooklyn criminal court in New York. Mingdong Chen will serve at least 125 years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday, Oct.. 7, 2015, to murder and manslaughter charges. He admitted that he killed his cousin's wife, 37-year-old Qiao Zhen Li, and her children, Linda, 9; Amy, 7; Kevin, 5; and William Zhou, 18 months; in October 2013. (Anthony Lanzilote/The New York Times via AP, Pool, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to the meat-cleaver killings of five relatives has been sentenced to 125 years to life in prison.

A state Supreme Court judge in Brooklyn handed down the term to Mingdong Chen on Tuesday for the October 2013 attack on his cousin’s wife and her four children. The children’s ages were 9, 7, 5 and 18 months.

The 27-year-old Chen pleaded guilty earlier this month to murder and manslaughter charges. His attorney declined comment.

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson says the sentence should provide comfort to grieving family members.

Chen was found dripping in blood after slashing his victims’ throats.

He had been fired from restaurant jobs and told investigators he envied the success of his relatives, who were fellow immigrants from China.

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