WORLD – North Korea sentences University of Virginia student to 15 years in prison


University of Virginia undergraduate student, Otto Warmbier, 21, is sentenced to 15 years of prison and hard labor in North Korea. In a one-hour trial held at the highest court in North Korea, the UVA student was charged with subversion under article 60 of North Korea’s criminal code. Warmiber stated that he had tried to steal a propaganda banner as a trophy for an acquaintance who wanted to hang it in her church. The 21-year-old said he was offered a used car worth $10,000 if he could get a banner and was also told that if he was detained and didn’t return, $200,000 would be paid to his mother in the form of a charitable donation. Warmbier’s family was reportedly “suffering from very severe financial difficulties.”


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