A New York City man has been sentenced to life in prison with no parole for his role on what a judge called the "horrific" beating death of a popular Massachusetts restaurant owner.
Cheng Sun was sentenced Monday in Salem Superior Court following his conviction last week in the slaying of Shui Keung "Tony" Woo, inside the Majestic Dragon in Ipswich.
Prosecutors say the 51-year-old Sun and two accomplices broke into the restaurant in the early morning hours of Sept. 27, 2011, intending to rob the business. Woo often slept inside after long work days.
Prosecutors say the men beat and stabbed Woo to try and force him to open his safe. He never did and the suspects fled empty-handed.
Another man has pleaded guilty. The third suspect awaits trial.