The family of Yeung Mok-yeh yesterday expressed gratitude to a judge for giving him a fixed sentence, although they said the 27-year term was too long. Yeung's younger sister, who declined to be named, was grateful for the fixed term 'but we think the 27-year sentence is a bit long. My brother still has to spend four more years in jail'. Yeung's older brother said the first thing Yeung, who is detained at Shek Pik Prison on Lantau, wanted to do after his release was to sweep his parents' graves. Yeung's father, Yeung Chi-ho and his mother, Yung Ping, were killed on March 6, 1997, in a car crash in Yuen Long. The prisoner's misfortune drew media attention and appeals for Yeung to be allowed to attend the funeral were made by many people, including legislators. The commissioner of correctional services at the time, Lai Ming-ki, allowed him to attend the funeral. He was believed to be the first prisoner in Hong Kong to be let out of jail for a funeral service. Yeung told the Post he was remorseful for what he did 14 years ago. 'I hope other youngsters learn from my lesson and would not follow my wrong path in the past,' he said. 'I have been equipping myself for rejoining society over the past 14 years. I'm confident that I can successfully reintegrate into the society,' he said. Yeung is expected to complete a degree of business administration, offered by the Open University, next year. Yeung won first prize in an essay competition organised by the Overseas Chinese Daily in 1994. He donated the $1,000 prize to flood victims in southern China.