Teenage son of China celebrity military singers jailed for 10 years over rape
BEIJING (AP) - The teenage son of two celebrity singers for the Chinese military was convicted of rape on Thursday and sentenced to 10 years in prison, in a case the public closely watched for signs of leniency because of his family ties.
Li Tianyi, 17, and four other defendants took an 18-year-old woman they met in a Beijing bar in February to a hotel room, where they beat her and sexually assaulted her, the Haidan Court in north-west Beijing said in delivering its verdict.
Li had denied the charges at his trial last month, saying he was drunk during the incident, but the court identified him as the ringleader.
Only one of the defendants was an adult. He pleaded not guilty but was sentenced to 12 years.