It wasn’t the 15 the prosecutors were asking for, but 10 years will have to do for Pvt. K.
In addition to the time in prison, he must complete 80 hours of compulsory therapy, and his name and personal information will be made public for 10 years.
Said the judge:
“The victim had to shudder with fear and sexual insult at her own home while the accused satisfied his sexual desire through three hours of violent and abnormal assault,” Judge Park In-sik of the Euijeongbu District Court said in a verdict.
(HT to Cory)
Granted, for Korea, 10 years is a heavy sentence (and one of the heaviest sentences ever meted out to a US serviceman in Korea), but it’s still disconcerting that this sadistic animal will be just 31 when he gets out. Assuming he does the full sentence, which he might not—just ask Kenneth Markle.
UPDATE: Yonhap notes that the response to this case has been rather extraordinary. It moved very quickly, and K got hit with a heavy sentence—the heaviest since Kenneth Markle, in fact—despite the fact that he confessed to everything early on, something courts often reward defendants for.
Yonhap also said the sentence compares with sentences handed out to Korean offenders, citing two recent cases: a man who got seven years for raping his 11-year-old daughter, and a man who got 10 for aggravated rape while he was wearing an ankle monitor.
One of the civic groups was pleased, but noted that they would have to wait until the appeal, as many GIs try to get their sentence lowered by attempting to negotiate with the victim ahead of the appeal.