A U.S. citizen is sentenced to 20 years in prison for the 1997 killing of a South Korean college student in Seoul. Rough Cut – subtitled (no reporter narration)
American man gets 20 years for 1997 killing in South Korea
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A South Korean court jailed an American for 20 years on Friday (January 29) for the murder of a South Korean student at a Burger King restaurant in 1997.
Arthur John Patterson was sentenced at a court in Seoul for killing 22-year-old college student Cho Joong-pil.
South Korean officials said Patterson, whose father was a civilian contractor to the U.S. military, fled to the United States after Cho was found dead on the floor of the restaurant bathroom with stab wounds to his neck and body.
Cho’s mother, 74-year-old Lee Bok-soo, said her son can finally rest in peace.
“After nineteen years, the criminal was finally caught. I feel much better as 20 years in jail is the maximum penalty allowed. I am glad, indeed,” said Lee afterwards.
Patterson’s lawyer said he would appeal.
“I had asked to subpoena several witnesses from the United States, but most of them refused to appear, said Oh. “Even the subpoenas weren’t delivered well, so it was very difficult to prove our case.”
The killing fueled discontent towards U.S. military bases in the country.