Man whose mother’s remains were found in freezer pleads guilty

He spoke to the judge through a Chinese interpreter.

Man whose mother’s remains were found in freezer pleads guilty
Yu Wei Gong pleaded guilty Friday to manslaughter and abuse of a corpse after his mother's body was found in a freezer at the apartment they shared. (Source: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man whose mother’s dismembered body was found in a freezer in their Waikiki apartment has pleaded guilty to manslaughter, identity theft and abuse of a corpse.

Yu Wei Gong was in court on Friday afternoon to file the plea agreement.

He was originally charged with second-degree murder in the case.

The lower charge of manslaughter carries a maximum penalty of 20 years behind bars.

Under the plea agreement, Gong also pleaded guilty to second-degree identity theft and abuse of a corpse.

The city Prosecutor’s Office said Gong faces a maximum sentence of 30 years behind bars under the plea agreement, but will be formally sentenced Jan. 14.

The Hawaii Paroling Authority will set the minimum amount of time Gong will have to spend behind bars.

Gong was arrested in April 2017, after calling 911 and telling a dispatcher, “I killed my mom," court documents said.

Court documents also said Gong told a responding officer he killed his mother during an argument the preceding September at their apartment on Launiu Street in Waikiki. The medical examiner subsequently determined that Liu Yun Gong had died after sustaining blunt force injuries to her head.

Officers found the woman’s body in the freezer.

Court documents said police found at least seven plastic trash bags containing human remains in the freezer.

This story will be updated.

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