BEIJING (AP) - A Chinese court has sentenced a teenager to life in prison for killing a medical intern and stabbing three other workers at a hospital in northeastern China.
The attack by 17-year-old Li Mengnan was part of a recent spate of violence by patients against medical staff that has been seen as a symptom of public frustration over China's dysfunctional health care system.
Li's uncle, Li Chunming, told The Associated Press by phone that a court in the northeastern city of Harbin found his nephew guilty of intentional homicide and sentenced him Friday morning.
Li Mengnan had been seeking treatment for a chronic spinal condition when he attacked medical staff with a fruit knife on March 23 following a dispute with his doctor.
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