Lao Rongzhi, a woman who allegedly killed seven people and committed other heinous crimes, was sentenced to death on Thursday.
The Nanchang Intermediate People's Court in China's Jiangxi Province convicted Lao of intentional homicide, kidnapping and robbery.
The court also stripped her of her political rights and ordered that all her personal property be confiscated.
After hearing the court's first instance verdict, Lao cried in court and said she would appeal the ruling, local media reported.
According to the People's Procuratorate of Nanchang city, between 1996 and 1999,
Lao committed four kidnappings, robbery and murder in East China's Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Anhui provinces together with her then-boyfriend Fa Ziying,
during which the two conspired and divided the work, with Lao working as a hostess in entertainment venues to find rich people to commit the crimes.
Seven people were killed, and Lao was involved in killing five of them and robbing a large sum of money.
Fa was captured in Hefei, Anhui Province in 1999 and was sentenced to death.
Lao then became a fugitive and used fake identities to evade,
and was finally captured in Xiamen, East China's Fujian Province in December 2019 after nearly 20 years on the run.
Lao's lawyer claimed in court that while the current criminal facts of Lao's alleged robbery and kidnapping were not disputed,
the available evidence does not sufficiently prove that she caused the death of another person and intentional homicide.
After the trial, the court held that Lao's behavior constituted the crime of intentional homicide, robbery and kidnapping.
At the same time, because Lao's criminal methods were particularly cruel, the purpose was extremely vicious, and the circumstances of her offenses were extremely serious.
Although Lao confessed to the crimes, she couldn't be leniently punished and should be punished according to all the crimes she participated in.