Man sentenced for mercy killing of mother in Guangdong

A Chinese migrant worker has been sentenced to three years in jail for killing his paralyzed mother at her request, according to a court ruling issued on Wednesday.

Deng Mingjian, 41, was sentenced to three years in jail with a reprieve period of four years for intentional homicide, the Panyu District People’s Court ruling said.

Deng purchased two bottles of pesticide on May 16, 2011 at the request of his mother, Li Shulan, 73, who suffered from hemiplegia for 20 years, the ruling said.

She died the same day just minutes after drinking the pesticide, the ruling said.

Deng was described as a “filial son” and was said to have taken care of his mother for decades. Several of his neighbors and relatives asked the court to give him a lenient sentence for this reason. The court considered Deng’s guilty plea and the appeals of the public in making its ruling.

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