On August 9th a Seoul court ruled on Son Seung-won's second trial and concluded that the first one had already come to the correct decision. Son Seung-won will spend one year and six months in prison and he will not be allowed to do his mandatory military service during this time.
The rationale for the court's harshness was because Son Seung-won had been caught driving drunk on multiple other occasions and seemed incapable of learning from the error of his ways though he had been treated with leniency. Son Seung-won's depravity had extended to asking another person to take the fall for him.
However, in a sense the court was also lenient, as the prosecution had been asking for four years. They stated that Son Seung-won had shown contrition during his confinement to date and that his victims had expressed some desire for leniency.
The conviction stems from an incident on December 26th when Son Seung-won was caught with a blood alcohol level of .206%, well over the legal limit. The incident immediately caused him to be pulled from "Laughter in Waikiki 2", where he was to reprise his role from "Laughter in Waikiki".
A lawyer representing Son Seung-won said the purpose of the appeal was not to reduce Son Seung-won's sentence, but to petition that he be allowed to perform his mandatory military service. Son Seung-won's acting career is already in shambles, but a comeback will be completely out of the question if he skips active duty mandatory military service due to the technicality of being a convicted criminal.
- Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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