Tuckahoe man sentenced to 28 years for shooting ex-boss

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A Tuckahoe man was sentenced Wednesday to 28 years in state prison for trying to kill his former boss.

HengJun Chao, 50, was sentenced in Westchester County Court in White Plains after being found guilty of attempted murder for shooting Dr. Dennis Charney outside a Chappaqua deli with a 20-gauge shotgun last summer.

Chao was also found guilty of first-degree assault and criminal use of a firearm.

Charney is the dean of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where Chao worked until he was fired for alleged data manipulation.

The defense argued that Chao shot his boss to raise awareness about Charney's alleged medical misconduct. Jurors rejected that argument after just over an hour of deliberation.

At sentencing, Chao apologized to Charney and his own family.

"My actions resulted in something that I truly and deeply regret. I shall pay for it, along with my wife and daughter,” he said.

The judge ordered Chao not to try and contact Charney or his family in any way, and issued an order of protection.

Chao's lawyer says he will appeal the sentencing.

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