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87-Year-Old Who Axed His Wife to Death in Her Bed Is Sentenced to 26 Years in Prison

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An elderly axe-murderer in the San Gabriel Valley was sentenced to 26 years in prison (and given his elderly status that basically amounts to a life sentence).James Che Ming Lu, 87, was convicted in July of murdering his wife of nine years Michelle Lu, 55, in 2009. He bludgeoned her to death with an axe while she was in bed and then tried to do the same thing to her 32-year-old son. Her son managed to fight off his stepfather.

The reason? Lu felt like he was spending too much money on his wife. On the other hand, he was also angry that she was spending so much time at work. Up until Lu's terrifying moment of violence, the couple lived together in unincorporated Pasadena on the border of Arcadia.