China sentences two convicts to death for jailbreak

Beijing, Nov 13 (IANS) A Chinese court on Friday sentenced two convicts to death for a jailbreak and for killing a guard.

Gao Yulun, 50, was sentenced to death for intentional homicide and breaking out of jail using violence, while Wang Damin, 35, was sentenced to death for breaking out of jail using violence, larceny, causing intentional injury and intentional destruction of property. Wang also was ordered to pay a penalty of 50,000 yuan ($7,840), China.org reported.

A third man, Li Haiwei, 29, was sentenced to life imprisonment for intentional homicide and breaking out of jail.

Wang and Li said they will appeal to a higher court, while Gao accepted the punishment.

The three escaped from a jail in Yanshou county, on September 2, 2014, after killing the guard.

After the escape, over 15,000 police officers were deployed in the hunt and authorities offered a reward of 150,000 yuan for information leading to their capture.

They were captured shortly.

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