Brendt Christensen is the alma mater of the University of Illinois-Champaign resident as well as a former physics graduate student. Since 2013, he has been working as a teacher assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Madison then the university f Illinois-Champaign. However, he is serving in federal prison for the kidnap and then murdering the visiting Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang the incident took place on 9 June 2017.
On the incident day, Christensen lured Zhang into his car to give her a ride at a bus stop on campus after she missed a bus. Unfortunately, he took her to his apartment where he raped and murdered her. At the time, his wife was out of town for the weekend. After weeks on 30 June 2017, the FBI arrested and charged Christensen in federal court.
Further, he was arrested with the charge of convicting one count of kidnapping resulting in death and two counts of making false statements to the FBI agents. For his crime, he received a life imprisonment sentence without the possibility of parole on 18 July 2019. Additionally, according to reports, during that time he was struggling with his married life.
Caption: The American kidnapper and murderer, Brendt Christensen
Brendt Christensen: Bio, Family, Career
He was born as Brendt Allen Christensen around the year 1989 which makes his age around 31 as of 2020 in the United States of America. There isn’t much information related to his parents, siblings, or early years in the media. Regarding his education, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009. Then in 2013, he received his BS degree in Physics with honors as well as mathematics. After that, he joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013 and graduated with his P.D. degree.
According to his LinkedIn profile, After completing his Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he has been a Ph.D. student researcher in the university for over seven months. Since 2013, he worked as a graduate teaching assistant and ranked an excellent teaching assistant at the time. Before that, he worked as a research assistant for a year from May 2012 to May 2013 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Brendt Christensen: Personal Life & Wife
Christensen who is currently serving his life sentence in jail previously was married to his wife Michelle Zortman. Further, there are not many details about their married life. According to sources, he was in an open marriage but they divorced, and no information on their kids.
Talking about his earning, he must have earned a good income from his teaching career before serving in jail. According to 2018 Payscale data, earn between $18 and $28 per hour that equivalent to between $32,000 and $57,000 per year, depending on experience and qualifications. Therefore, his net worth might have an estimation of above $30,000.
Caption: Brendt with his ex-wife, Michelle Zortman.
Brendt Christensen: Body Measurements
He has an average structured body having a height over 6 feet tall with unknown body weight as well as body measurements. He has dark brown eyes color with dark brown hair color.