Joseph Allez sentenced to 28 years for the murder of his wife Mengqi Ji who misled the police

26-year-old Missouri man Joseph Allez was sentenced on Friday to 28 years in prison for second-degree murder in the 2019 murder of his wife, Mengqi Ji.


Allez was convicted in November after a jury recommended a maximum sentence of 28 years for second-degree murder.

Yes, at the time of her death on 28 October 2019, as Allez alleged that she fell during an argument and in a panic after being found dead in his bed the next morning, he placed her body in the trunk of his car and buried him in Rock Bridge State Park, south of Columbia, two days later.


After burying her, Allez reported her missing and allegedly misled police for months, saying she did not know what happened to her before her body was found in March 2021.

Boone County prosecuting attorney Dan Knight called Alles a “stone-cold killer” during the trial, who was also “the greatest complainant in the history of the Boone County Jail”.


Knight said Allege had filed 28 complaints about conditions in the prison, including temperature, noise from the heating system, plumbing, toilets and TVs in the facility. Allege reportedly called the continued sound a “brutal and unusual punishment”.

Knight also presented arguments during the trial that Allege should be sentenced for first-degree murder, claiming that his death was intentional.

Convicted murderer Joseph Allez, center, listens with his attorneys Scott Rosenblum, right, and Mattei Strauscu, Friday in Columbia, Mo., during the sentencing phase of his trial. Allez was convicted of second-degree murder in the 2019 murder of his wife, Mengqi Ji.
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After moving from China to the US to study engineering at the University of Missouri, Ji met Allez.


Before Jacobs handed down his sentence, which could not be more than the one recommended by the jury, Knight called on him to keep Allage behind bars for as long as possible, comu-tv Reported.

“The defendant is entitled to no break because he has shown no remorse,” Knight said.

Allege’s second-degree murder sentence would require him to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole.


Prosecutors used social media posts, audiotapes and a magazine Allege to document the couple’s volatile relationship.

On October 10, 2019, with the couple’s then-year-old daughter in the car, Allez drove to Rock Bridge State Park, about 5 miles (8 kilometers) south of Columbia. There he dug a grave and buried him where he had proposed to her. He then returned home and reported her missing.

Allege’s attorney Scott Rosenblum argued that his client was strange and that he made an “incredibly dumb” decision after Gee’s death, but that he never intended to kill his wife and should not be charged with murder. Was. Rosenblum filed a motion for a new trial, but Jacobs denied it.

Allege said she found in the days before Ji’s death that she was exchanging obscene messages on social media with a Chinese man. He also testified that the couple’s relationship faced strain due to her parents, who moved from China to live with them after the birth of their daughter in October 2018.

But Knight said in an interview with the Associated Press Friday night that the defense “fabricated” the story that Gee’s death was accidental. Knight said Rosenblum told the 2020 bond hearing that Gee “taken off.”

He said he had not been able to question Alles or Rosenblum about the discrepancy due to attorney-client privilege.

“I wish I had succeeded in convicting him of murder in the first degree,” Knight said. “That didn’t happen. The defense asked for an outright acquittal. We were much closer to getting what we wanted than the defense.”

The couple met in 2015 at Nanova, a company that manufactures dental products, where Gee was Elage’s supervisor. They began dating the following year and eventually traveled to China, where Elage asked Ji’s parents for permission to marry her. The couple married in 2017.

Gee earned a master’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of Missouri in December 2014. Allege was a student at the university when his wife died.

The family’s attorney, Amy Sallade, said in a statement that Ji’s parents, Kay Ren and Xiaolin Ji, were grateful that Jacobs upheld the jurors’ recommended sentence.

“Her husband received one year for each year of his life,” Sallade said. “It doesn’t bring him back, it doesn’t make him a nightmare of waking up every day and not being able to talk or let his child go away but it’s justice in terms of what the US court system can provide.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.