Brendt Christensen- 2017 Photo Macon County Illinois Sheriffs Office

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A former University of Illinois doctoral student convicted in the death of a Chinese scholar broke down crying as his father described how a death sentence would affect him. Media outlets report that Michael Christensen testified Wednesday before the federal jury that convicted his son of kidnapping and killing 26-year-old Yingying Zhang two years ago. Jurors are to decide whether Brendt Christensen should be sentenced to death.