Jury recommends Chang to 4 years in prison

By Yvette Yeon - bio | email

HENRICO COUNTY, VA (WWBT) – A Henrico jury recommends a four year sentence in prison and a $2,500 fine for a former UVA student convicted of beating his father to death with a bowling pin.

Dressed in a black suit with shackles on his feet, 19-year-old Alan Chang stood before the court as 7 character witnesses were called to the stand.

It was an emotional day in court. Many jury members were in tears during testimonies given by family members including Chang's mother. Deliberations lasted almost 3 hours.

"She was holding up," said Chang's former teacher, Dawn Grois about his mother. "But I don't know how right now, how her state of mind or being is, but she is a very strong woman," she said.

When court was dismissed Chang's mother, brother, and uncle were allowed to stay behind. A court interpreter told NBC 12, Chang's mom got to hold her son for a brief moment.

"This is not what I expected, I don't agree with this harsh of a sentence for what happened to him."

Chang has already served 9 months in jail. Grois recalls her visit to the jail and reveals how Chang may have taken the jury's decision.

"I don't know if he was prepared, but he was calm…he said he loved his father and I believe it," she said.

Chang will be back in court December 9th for the judge's formal sentencing.

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