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Actor Kim Sung-min was sentenced to two years and six months in prison and was fined 904,500 won ($806) on charges of smoking marijuana.

The ruling was handed down yesterday by the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office and is a reduction of Kim’s original sentence, which was four years in prison plus a fine.

In explaining its decision, the court said: “Kim has admitted to all charges and we have received his letters of apology and petitions from his acquaintances. We took these into account with the ruling.”Kim has submitted a letter of apology to the court after each of the three hearings thus far.

“The accused in a criminal case usually doesn’t submit letters of apology,” the court added. “This voluntary action shows Kim’s deep regret for the crimes in question.”

Although Kim has not yet decided whether to file an appeal, some expect he will in the coming week.

Kim was charged with smoking marijuana and smuggling methamphetamines from the Philippines in 2008.

By Hannah Kim Contributing writer


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