A parole board must determine the minimum amount of a 30-year sentence a Honolulu man must serve after he apologized in court on Monday for killing and dismembering his mother.
As AP News reports, in 2017, Yu Wei Gong attempted suicide before calling the police to confess to murder. When police arrived, Gong, 28, told them to check “in the fridge.”
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During the search, an officer discovered Gong’s mother, Liun Yun Gong, in the freezer. She was in pieces. The officer found a decapitated head and two arms with hands in numerous plastic trash bags, court documents said.
Gong had killed his mother during an argument six months prior.
Last year, he avoided a life sentence by pleading guilty to manslaughter.
During his court appearance on Monday, AP News reports, Gong spent a lot of the time looking down.
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During the sentencing, Gong apologized to his family in China and Hawaii and even to his mother.
He quietly said:
“I am ashamed for what I did. I’m sorry, Mom.”
Darcia Forester, Gong’s public defender, told the court that her client doesn’t feel deserving of his family’s forgiveness.
“I want to make clear that he did love his mother and she was a very good mother. Under no circumstances did she deserve what happened.”
Judge Paul Wong sentenced Gong to 20 years for manslaughter and ten years for identity theft, which is for using his mother’s checking account to pay rent.
Further, Gong received a one year sentence for abuse of a corpse to be served simultaneously.
Wayne Tashima, deputy prosecuting attorney, said his office won’t recommend less than a minimum of 20 years for Gong to the parole board.