Man Gets 10 Years For Murdering Wife

February 09, 1992|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Staff writer

A Millersville man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for murdering his wife during an argument last year in the couple's home.

Chang Pyo Hong, who last October pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in his wife's shooting death, was sentenced to 15 years, with fiveyears suspended, Friday in county Circuit Court. He will be placed on five years probation upon release.

Young Ja Hong, 48, was pronounced dead in the couple's home in the 700 block of Live Oak Drive after being shot four times with a .380Beretta, said Assistant State's Attorney William C. Mulford II.

After being arrested in the Feb. 15, 1991 slaying, the husband told police, "I killed my wife. I want law to kill me."

The 51-year-old native of Korea sobbed throughout much of Friday's hearing. An interpreter was brought to court to translate proceedings for Hong.

His lawyer, Stanley H. Needleman, said the man operated two grocery storesin Baltimore.

Before sentencing Hong, Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr.said, "The fairest thing would be to fashion a sentence under the culture in which he was raised, but I couldn't do that because I don't know Korean law. But I am satisfied all cultures punish the taking ofhuman life.

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