|First appearance||"Dream a Little Dream of Me" (episode 5.03)|
|Last appearance||"Next Stop, Valhalla" (episode 5.04)|
|Reason/Cause||Murdered by Cyril O'Reily|
|Date of Conviction||January 14, 2002|
|Date of Death||January 27, 2002|
|Episode Count||2 Episodes|
|Portrayed by||Nelson Lee|
Plot Summary Edit
Season 5 Edit
In the previous season, Chinese prisoner Jia Kenmin challenged Ryan O'Reily to a fight, but Ryan's brother Cyril overreacted and attacked Jia putting him in hospital. Jia returned to Em City on his own request, and also asked to apologise to the O'Reilly brothers claiming that he was at fault for what happened. Cyril accepted but Ryan remained skeptical, at around this time, another Chinese criminal, by the name of "Li Chen" arrived having been arrested for four counts of attempted murder.
Li was (presumably) sponsored by Jia Kenmin, and both of them joined the prison's singing lessons taught by Suzanne Fitzgerald - Ryan's real mother. Still being suspicious of Jia, Ryan warned him that no harm must come to Susanne or else he would kill him. Jia reassured Ryan that he had nothing to fear - from him at least. Li Chen however was (according to Jia) a "different matter"...
Sometime later, Jia ordered Li to kill the O'Reily Brothers, adding that he should go for Ryan first, as it would be easier to get Cyril with him gone. At that same moment, prisoner Glen Shupe told Ryan that he had heard Li tell Jia that he wanted to rape Suzanne Fitzgerald. Ryan saw that Jia and Li appeared to be arguing, and asked Jia if what Shupe said was true. Jia confessed that Li was "out of control" and he had no idea how to stop him, so Ryan picked up a weapon and stabbed Li in his back. The attack had very little affect on Li, who managed to hit Ryan so hard he dropped his weapon. It turned out that Jia and Li had been anticipating this event so they could kill him. Li and Ryan fought for a while, in full view of the other prisoners, and Li had a clear advantage until Cyril, in an attempt to protect his brother, stabbed Li Chen in the heart, killing him. Cyril was sentenced to death for Li Chen's murder.
- The song that plays during Li Chen's crime flashback is "Hard Life" by Brian Lau. An instrumental version of the same song by Tony Tam can be heard in the video game Sleeping Dogs.
- Li and Jia probably belong to the same Triad family as they share the same Triad tattoo on their left hand.
Tobias Beecher - Chris Keller - Bob Rebadow - Agamemnon Busmalis - Augustus Hill - Omar White - Nikolai Stanislofsky - Yuri Kosygin - Jia Kenmin - Li Chen - Donald Groves - Edward Galson - Ronald Poklewaldt - Glen Shupe - Stanley Bukowski - Ralph Galino - Lemuel Idzik - Guillaume Tarrant - Bruno Goergen - Adam Guenzel - Alexander Vogel - Greg Penders