Li Qiming, 23, hit two students while driving on a university campus in October, killing one and injuring the other. Media reports emerged that when a crowd tried to stop him from fleeing the scene, Li shouted: “Go ahead, sue me. My father is Li Gang!” — an apparent attempt to use the influence of his father, the deputy police chief of Baoding city.
The comment exploded on the Internet, becoming the country’s newest catch phrase. The incident focused popular anger at China’s elite and abuses of power, and Li Gang quickly appeared on national television, weeping, apologizing and bowing in front of the camera.
Li Qiming ended up pleading guilty to drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter, the official Xinhua News Agency said.
In addition to the prison sentence, Li was ordered to pay $69,900 in compensation to the family of 20-year-old Chen Xiaofeng, who was killed in the crash, the family’s lawyer Hu Yihua said. Li was ordered to pay $13,800 to the other victim.
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