Lee Eun-mi’s murderer sentenced to 17 years in prison.

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Lee Eun-mi’s murderer sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Seoul High Court sentenced murderer and ex-boyfriend of singer Lee Eun-mi to 17 years in prison on Dec. 19.

The judge presiding over the appeal said, “The convicted party was dumped by the victim and met with her to come to a resolution. However, upon meeting and hearing some unpleasant words from the deceased, the convicted party stabbed his ex-girlfriend with a knife he had brought along with him. Thus the murder was planned and due to the violent nature of the crime, we came to the decision that the verdict should reflect this.”

In the original trial, the convicted was sentenced to 20 years in prison. When asked why three years have been reduced from the sentence the judge stated, “The guilty party has shown remorse about the crime he committed and we have taken into consideration the fact that he gave 10 million won ($8,520) to the victim’s family in an effort to repent for his wrongdoing.”

The murdered singer belonged to the band Iris and was stabbed 62 times on June 19 when she announced her decision to break up with her lover. The murderer was arrested by police a day later at a roadside convenience store.

By Carla Sunwoo [carlasunwoo@joongang.co.kr]

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