Apparently being rich and living in the United States isn’t easy:  According to this newspaper account in Metro:

“David Heyon Nam, an American-born child of wealthy South Korean immigrants, had flunked out of several juvenile court programs by the time he turned 19, prosecutors said. He and three juveniles were looking for an easy target to rob one hot summer night in 1996 when they spotted 75-year-old Anthony Schroeder watching TV with the door open in his North Philadelphia home, authorities said.”  When Schroeder went to the door with a handgun, David Nam shot him with a shotgun (other accounts say a rifle) through the screen door.

David was duly arrested and arraigned but his father,  Gi Nam, a vice president of a suburban Philadelphia textile company, posted $100,000 cash toward his son’s $1 million bail, and young David was released with an electronic-monitoring bracelet.  In 1998, David severed the bracelet and then he and his parents fled back to Korea where David used several aliases and moved frequently to avoid being apprehended.

“In 1999, David Nam surrendered to South Korean authorities after he was featured on a TV show there about fugitives. He was released because the U.S. had no formal extradition treaty with South Korea at the time and, by the time that changed, he had gone back into hiding.”

According to the Associated Press and others, David was teaching English in Gyeonggi province under several aliases, but he could not avoid the long-arm of the law.

David was captured near Seoul by the FBI in March this year.  “He denied being the fugitive they sought, but the tattoos ‘Nam’ and ‘Solid’ – his street name as a Philadelphia teen – and fingerprints on a beer bottle the FBI found in his trash proved otherwise, authorities said.”

When it was pointed out that David is now married and the father of several children, prosecutor Lynne Abraham expressed little sympathy.  “That’s on him,” she said.  They (David and his accomplices) were there to rob him (Anthony Schroeder) and take whatever they could.”  “Before he said word one, he (David) shot him (Schroeder) through the screen … leaving Mr. Schroeder to die on the floor,” Abraham also vowed to prosecute David’s father, if he ever returns to the United States, for aiding and abetting a fugitive.  But there are some members in David’s family who are innocent.  Abraham noted that David’s wife was probably unaware of his past. 

Fortunately for David Nam, as part of the extradition agreement, the prosecutor will not seek the death penalty, but if convicted of the first-degree murder, he will be sentenced to life in prison without parole.