Doctor Who Killed Partner, Toddler, Gets 49 Years In Prison

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle doctor who killed his partner and their toddler son five years ago has been sentenced to 49 years in prison.

King County Superior Court Judge Bill Bowman sentenced 43-year-old Dr. Louis Chen as recommended by prosecutors. Chen’s lawyers advocated for the minimum mandatory sentence of 24 years.

Chen pleaded guilty in February to murder for fatally stabbing 29-year-old Eric Cooper and 2-year-old Cooper Chen, whose bodies were found inside the couple’s Seattle penthouse.

His sentencing followed a week of testimony from psychiatric experts about Chen’s state of mind at the time.

Prosecutors said Chen was motivated by rage over the couple’s impending break up.

Defense lawyers said Chen’s ability to know right from wrong was diminished by mental illness and an adverse reaction to medications.

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