04/15/2013 08:42 EDT | Updated 06/15/2013 05:12 EDT

Husband gets life sentence for double murder at McDonald's

The man behind a vicious double murder at a fast-food restaurant in Richmond has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 15 years.

Chang Xi Wang, 37, stabbed his ex-wife Yan Lin and her former husband to death with a steak knife, in front of patrons and staff at the McDonald’s on No. 3 Road in August 2009.

He pleaded guilty last month to two counts of manslaughter and second-degree murder, which carries an automatic life-sentence.

Wang met Lin online when she was newly divorced but still living with her ex-husband, the court heard.

They married in China in 2007 and Lin sponsored him to come to Canada, but she continued to live with her ex-husband, Zhe Hu, which frustrated Wang.

Wang had a history of violence against his wife. Just two days prior to the murder, he completed a conditional sentence for an earlier assault.

Speaking through an interpreter in B.C. Supreme Court, Wang said it was all a big misunderstanding.

He said he initially believed he was being manipulated by Lin, but realizes now that she truly loved him.