Brendt Christensen sentenced to life in prison in U of I scholar's slaying; no death penalty 07/18/2019 12:54 pm PDT Comments WGN via WGN CHICAGO (WGN) -- Brendt Christensen has been sentenced to life in prison in the abduction, rape and killing of a scholar from China after a federal jury failed to agree on a death sentence. The jurors returned their decision on Thursday after deliberations in the sentencing of 30-year-old Brendt Christensen. The life sentence is automatically applied if even one juror opposes execution. The same jurors took less than 90 minutes to convict Christensen last month in the June 2017 killing of Yingying Zhang. Prosecutors described how Christensen raped, choked and stabbed Zhang before beating her to death and decapitating her. Christensen has never revealed what he did with Zhang's remains. MORE: Brendt Christensen sentenced to life in prison in U of I scholar's slaying; no death penalty - WGN #Chicago #Illinois #WGN Related Stories Brendt Christensen found guilty in 2017 murder of Yingying Zhang Jury to consider death penalty in Chinese scholar killing Attorney admits Christensen responsible for death of Yingying Zhang FBI investigating accused killer Christensen’s claims of more victims Waiting for your permission to load facebook comments.