David Hang, stepfather of murdered honors student Jessica Nguyen, found slain in her Gaithersburg, Md., home, sentenced to life without parole

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GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA/AP) - David Hang, the stepfather of  12-year-old honors student Jessica Nguyen who was found slain in her Gaithersburg home was sentenced to life without parole on Monday afternoon, according to the office of the state's attorney for Montgomery County.

David Rich Hang was sentenced Monday in Montgomery County Circuit Court after a jury found him guilty in August of first-degree murder.

Prosecutors say the 43-year-old Hang killed Jessica Nguyen last year out of anger at the girl's family.

He had married the child's mother in a sham arrangement, but prosecutors say he had grown estranged from the woman, was desperate to end the marriage and was upset over money he felt he was owed.

John McCarthy, the county's top prosecutor, calls the crime a "brutal murder" and says he's pleased with the sentence.

The jury announced its verdict on August 15, 2012 after a trial that lasted eight days. The Jury deliberated for eight hours over two days.

 The original sentencing was scheduled for Oct. 29 but was postponed due to Super Storm Sandy.
On May 31, 2011, Jessica was found stabbed to death in the basement of her family's Gaithersburg town home.

Her death was ruled a homicide.

 According to the medical examiner, Nguyen was stabbed 45 times.

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