Jonathan Del Carmen, 22, has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in connection to Chinese USC student’s Xinran Ji death. Del Carmen was one of four people involved in the brutal assault on Ji with a baseball bat during the night of July 24, 2014.
Del Carmen now becomes the third person convicted of the death of the Chinese engineering student, as he joins his accomplices Alejandra Guerrero and Andrew Garcia. According to the L.A. Times, another defendant, named Alberto Ochoa, was also involved but pleaded not guilty and is currently awaiting trial.
As for Garcia, the 21-year-old was found guilty and will live life behind bars without the possibility of parole. Guerrero, 19, faces the same fate as Garcia after being convicted for first-degree murder, robbery, and assault, among others.
Garcia and his group reportedly chased Ji and assaulted him with a baseball bat and a wrench after assuming that the student had money since he’s Chinese. While Ji was able to make his way back to his apartment, he died soon thereafter, and a roommate eventually found his lifeless body hours later.
Ji’s unfortunate demise was just one incident out of the series of frightening events that occurred on USC’s campus since 2012. Two Chinese students were reportedly shot and killed during an armed robbery that occurred near the campus while another campus shooting incident occurred months later.
Furthermore, the source mentioned that there are 4,600 Chinese students attending USC and Ji’s incident has instilled more fear and anxiety, not only within the university’s Chinese population, but within the Chinese community overall. In order to address the previous incidents, USC reportedly improved their security both within their campus and in off-campus neighborhoods as well.
International students will also be required to complete a safety education program following the incident in order to avoid any reoccurring cases as much as possible.
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