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Son of Taiwanese celebrities to be deported from U.S.

2018/11/20 10:53:47

Di Ying (left), Sun Peng (center) and lawyer Robert Keller (right).

Philadelphia, Nov. 19 (CNA) The teenage son of Taiwanese celebrities Sun Peng (孫鵬) and Di Ying (狄鶯) will be deported and permanently barred from entering the United States for possessing firearms, a federal district court in Pennsylvania ruled Monday.

An Tso Sun (孫安佐), who was arrested in March after threatening to shoot up his school, is expected to be returned to Taiwan within four to six weeks.

In a sentencing hearing at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Monday, the 18-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of being an alien in possession of ammunition in violation of 18 U.S. Code 922 (g).

He was sentenced to time served (approximately five and a half months) and required to forfeit the ammunition in his possession, according to a statement released by the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

United States District Judge Nitza I. Quinones Alejandro ordered that Sun be transferred to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and removed from the country, the statement said.

"Under federal law, today's conviction will operate as a permanent bar to re-entry to the United States," it said.

In the hearing, Sun apologized for the trouble he had caused his parents, the United States, and his native country.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, however, he was interrupted by the judge.

"The word is not trouble for what you've brought to your family," the paper quoted Quinones as saying. "You have brought them shame, which is an even higher offense."

Sun Peng and Di Ying also attended Monday's hearing.

The father pleaded for mercy for his son and apologized for the disturbance caused by the case to American society and asked Quinones to give him a chance to rebuild his family and educate his son properly.

Quinones told the parents not to feel shame for their son's mistake, saying that the incident was mainly the result of the boy's immaturity and lack of understanding of the severity of verbal threats.

"Once your son is released, I want you to make sure your son grows up and becomes a mature person," she was quoted as saying in the Philadelphia Inquirer report. "You can't continue to shelter him."

The younger Sun was arrested March 26 and charged with making terroristic threats after he threatened to carry out a mass shooting May 1 at Bonner and Prendergast Catholic High School in Delaware, Pennsylvania.

The teenager said he was only joking when he talked about shooting up his school.

During a search of his bedroom, police found 20 rounds of 9mm Blazer Brass ammunition, a ballistic suit, a crossbow and seven arrows as well as various firearm accessories and shooting equipment.

They also found that Sun had used a school-issued iPad to search for information on how to obtain parts to make an AK-47 or an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle.

Authorities later discovered that Sun had built a 9mm handgun with parts bought online and was in possession of more than 1,600 rounds of ammunition for various other types of firearms.

On June 4, Sun pleaded guilty to that charge and was sentenced to 4-23 months' incarceration, with immediate parole and credit for time served. He was released into ICE custody June 5 and charged federally for being an alien in possession of ammunition.

On Aug. 28, Sun entered a guilty plea to the federal charge.

In Monday's statement, U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain reiterated that parents and guardians should serve as "the first line of defense" and that no child should be stockpiling an arsenal without their parents' or guardians' knowledge.

"Every parent needs to be involved and actively aware of what is going on in their child's life. It is their duty and obligation, not only to the child, but also to the community at large," he stressed.

(By Ozzy Yin and Y.F. Low)