Former Lehigh University Student Who Admitted to Poisoning Roommate Sentenced to Seven to 20 Years in State Prison

A former Lehigh University student who admitted to poisoning his Black roommate with a heavy metal substance three years ago, has been sentenced to seven to 20 years in state prison, 6 ABC reported.

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In court Wednesday, Yukai Yang apologized to victim Juwan Royal, and will be deported to China after his sentence duration.

Last fall, Yang pleaded guilty to attempted murder, admitting he bought thallium – odorless, tasteless, potentially fatal for humans – in March 2018 and began slipping it into Royal’s food and mouthwash. Royal was diagnosed with heavy metal poisoning in April 2018.

Yang had a history of mental health issues, 6 ABC reported.