A man who admitted to brutally killing and chopping up the body of his mother was sentenced to 25 years to life Tuesday.
Bryan Chang, now 33, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for the January 2010 death of his mother, Sherry Chu Chang.
Despites the defense argument that Chang was insane at the time of the crime, jurors returned a verdict in November that declared him sane.
Remains of Sherry Chu Chang, 60, were found scattered in her Solana Beach home. Homicide investigators discovered one of the victims' arms in the refrigerator and a piece of her skull in a drawer in the home on Santa Florencia. Her body had 75 wounds delivered by a hammer, officials said.
When her son, Bryan Chang, was arrested at his home in Los Angeles two days after the killing, investigators say he still had blood in his ear and under his fingernails and toenails.
Just weeks before her death, Sherry Chang had put her unemployed son on a prayer list at a nearby church. She had ended her financial support of her son before her death, prosecutors said.