NY teens sentenced in death of newspaper executive

AP News
Posted: Mar 02, 2011 9:21 PM
NY teens sentenced in death of newspaper executive

Two New York City teenagers who admitted strangling and robbing an advertising executive for the country's largest Chinese-language newspaper have been sentenced to prison.

Chris Levy and Cory Azor were sentenced Wednesday in the fatal attack on 49-year-old David Kao, who worked for the World Journal.

The 18-year-olds pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and first-degree robbery. They also pleaded guilty to helping rob a second man. Another suspect in that attack awaits sentencing.

A Queens Supreme Court judge sentenced Levy to 22 years in prison. Azor was sentenced to 20 years.

Prosecutors say Kao was asleep in his SUV on June 6, 2009. They say Levy and Azor got into the SUV and strangled him before driving away with his vehicle, wallet and credit cards.