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Back in 2017, Chinese student CHEN WEI GUO (23 years old) was shot to death in a carjacking incident which happened on campus at the University of Utah. No one wants to mention it, but we know that there are elements of racial targeting. And because Chen was an international student he would have been perceived as being “rich”, and hence ripe for carjackers. 

The sad story on all this is that Chen was shot to death, without the chance to defend himself. The killer is 24 year old Austin Boutain and on Wednesday he was finally sentenced to life imprisonment without the chance of parole. He only received this “lighter” sentence as a plea deal, as he plead guilty in killing Chen with a gun he stolen from another man he killed earlier. He avoided the death penalty by pleading guilty. 

Before I give my own take on this sentence, here is more from SCMP:

Austin Boutain, 24, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the plea agreement that allowed him to avoid the death penalty. He pleaded guilty to murder and kidnapping charges.

He and his wife were charged with hatching a carjacking plot that led to the October 2017 death of Guo Chenwei, whose parents in Beijing remain devastated over the death of their only son at age 23.

He “was a perfect son to them,” said prosecutor Chou Chou Collins.


Boutain stood in the courtroom shackled, surrounded by guards. He also pleaded guilty to attacking another inmate and damaging a sprinkler in jail.

“I know sorry doesn’t mean much, but I am truly sorry,” he said.

His wife Kathleen Boutain, 24, has been charged with criminal solicitation, theft and other counts. She has yet to enter a plea.

They were drifters who fled to Utah after cutting the throat of Mitchell Ingle, 63, in Golden, Colorado, in a plan to steal his trailer home, authorities said.

After Ingle’s death, they stole his gun, drove Ingle’s truck to Salt Lake City, ditched it and set up camp in a canyon near the university campus, police said.


Okay, here are some of my thoughts. The SCMP article continues to talk about Boutain’s admission of guilty on what he did , and then talks about Boutain’s criminal history which includes drugs and theft. To me the sentence is not harsh enough, because Boutain gets to live out his days in prison, eating 3 square meals, whilst Chen is gone forever, as well as the man who they killed to steal the gun from. I remember feeling so sad when I first read and wrote about this, and now I feel sadder thinking that this POS will get to live out his days in a US prison. 

Images via SCMP

To read the original article, please click on: Life without parole for US ex-convict Austin Boutain, who shot dead Chinese student Guo Chenwei in Utah

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