University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea, officials confirmed to CNN on Wednesday. The American tourist was convicted of subversion and sentenced in a one-hour trial in North Korea’s Supreme Court.
The 21-year-old admitted to trying to steal a political propaganda banner from the Pyongyang hotel. He allegedly wanted to pilfer the banner at the request of a member of church back home, who wanted it as a “trophy.” The UVA student apologized and begged for forgiveness last month. But apparently, that wasn’t enough for the North Korean court.
Warmbier, understandably, broke down at his sentencing.