- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

POMONA, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California man who killed his mother, buried her in the backyard and confessed a decade later, is going to prison.

City News Service says 30-year-old John Huynh was sentenced Thursday to 26 years to life. He was convicted of first-degree murder in March.

Prosecutors say he stabbed his mother, Hong Tu Phuong, in 2001 and buried her in the backyard of their rented condominium in El Monte.

At trial, Huynh testified that he moved out of the condo a week after the killing.

Prosecutors say when people asked where his mother was, Huynh offered various excuses, including that she’d moved to Vietnam or died of cancer.

In 2011, he walked into the Alhambra Police Department and confessed. Investigators found the woman’s body in a shallow grave.

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