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An ex-convict living in Shanghai’s Yangpu district has been sentenced to 42 months in prison for endangering the lives of his neighbors while he attempted to commit suicide.
According to the Global Times, one of Zhao’s neighbors called the gas company on January 2 when he noticed that gas was leaking from Zhao’s apartment and filling up the building, located on Zhengmin Road. The company told tenants to evacuate, as there was enough gas to cause an explosion.
When cops showed up to the scene, officers spent 40 minutes knocking on Zhao’s door, and when he finally answered, he had a cigarette hanging from his mouth and a lighter in his hand. Police stormed into his home and arrested him.
According to a press release from the Yangpu District People’s Court, Zhao had tried to kill himself because he wasn’t able to adjust to life outside of prison—a cruel twist of Shawshankian fate.
The defendant was charged with endangering public safety. The court said it have him such a heavy sentence because the offense came within five years of his last prison release.