Li Guanfeng (formerly Li Tianyi) was sentenced in September to a 10-year prison term for the gang rape of a Beijing woman, and today his appeal has been shot down by the Beijing First Intermediate People’s Court. Li is definitely, certainly, unstoppably going away for a long time.
The 17-year-old’s case made headlines primary because of Li’s father, famed PLA singer Li Shuangjiang. It appears as though dad’s influence was of no use, however, because Li’s case and his appeal didn’t stand a chance, as South China Morning Post reports:
[Li Guanfeng] was among five defendants sentenced to jail by the Haidian court. Another defendant surnamed Wang, the only one of them who was an adult when the crime was committed in February this year, had been sentenced to 12 years in prison for the crime. The other three had received jail sentences of between three and four years.
The Haidian court had said it had taken Li’s age into account in sentencing him, but determined he led the attack and was the first to rape the girl.
It was an ugly case—and one that only seemed to get worse as time went on—but it appears that the charges have stuck and Li won’t be walking away from this one.
When an influential PLA member’s own son can go to prison, what is the country coming to? Oh right, rule of law.