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Holley gets suspended sentence

Robert Holley, a naturalized Korean citizen from America and TV personality, was given a suspended prison sentence Wednesday in a local court’s ruling on his drug case.

The Seoul Western District Court sentenced Holley to a one-year imprisonment, suspended for two years, for taking a banned substance earlier this year. The court also ordered him to take 40 hours of anti-drug lectures.

Holley was indicted in April on charges of buying 1 gram of methamphetamine and taking the illegal substance twice in March.

“Drug crimes need to be punished sternly. But the court considered the defendant’s repentance for his offense and pledge to quit drugs and no crime record in determining his sentence,” Judge Lee Seung-won said.

Holley was accused of purchasing 1 gram of methamphetamine online in the middle of March and using it together with a 20-year-old foreign acquaintance at that time. Police said Holley again used the drug alone at his home in Seoul later. Holley was detained on April 8 after police found that a drug dealer had received a money transfer from the TV celebrity. Holley reportedly told police he took the drugs because he had a lot of stress related to work.

The Seoul court also sentenced Holley’s foreign acquaintance to a 10-month prison term, suspended for two years.

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