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Conviction: 26 years to life for killer of Cal State Long Beach student

Photo: Kate Sue Yi. Credit: DMV. Jonathan Huynh, a 22-year-old Asian man from Costa Mesa, was sentenced last month to 26 years to life in prison.

Huynh was convicted Sept. 15 in the first-degree murder of Kate Su Yi, a 20-year-old Asian woman and Cal State Long Beach student.

Prosecutors alleged that on March 31, 2009, Huynh killed Yi after she broke up with him. Evidence presented at trial showed that she was strangled, in addition to suffering non-fatal stab wounds to the back of her head and neck.

Two days after the killing, Yi’s body was found in a closet in her apartment, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

Long Beach Superior Court Judge Tomson Ong ordered Huynh to pay $15,319.14 in restitution to Yi’s family as well as $7,500 to the state Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board.

--Sarah Ardalani

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