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Image via Shutterstock; Inset courtesy of the District Attorney's office
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A 37-year-old woman has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for fatally stabbing an acquaintance inside the Sunset Park restaurant where she worked early last year.

According to Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, at approximately 10 p.m. on February 15, 2016, 44-year-old Jian Yang Zhang went to Lucky Zhang – a restaurant located at 5622 Eighth Avenue that was owned by his family, sat down at a table and allegedly made a comment to the defendant, 37-year-old Lan Shui Yu of the neighborhood.

According to the investigation, Yu then slapped Zhang and punched him in the head, before eventually picking up a knife and stabbing him in the back and heart.

The victim – who was later taken to the hospital, but died from his injuries – then walked outside of the establishment and collapsed, at which point the defendant is said also to have left, stepped over his body and headed to a friend’s house nearby where she cleaned herself up and confessed to the stabbing.

When police tracked down Yu, she told them that Zhang had cursed at her so she stabbed him.

The entire incident, including the homicide and the defendant’s actions thereafter, was captured on videotape.

“This defendant inexplicably stabbed the victim in this case, ending his life and ruining her own,” said Gonzalez. “She’s now been held accountable and will serve many years in prison for her actions.”

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