Jung Suk Won Asks For Leniency After Prosecution Demands 3 Years In Prison For Drug Use
Jung Suk Won has asked for leniency after the prosecution demanded three years in prison during his appeal trial.
On July 19 during the appeal trial at the Seoul High Court (with presiding judge Jo Yong Hyun), Jung Suk Won asked for leniency by stating, “I will live devoted to my family while reflecting [on my actions] and helping many people.”
Back in February 2018, Jung Suk Won was arrested under suspicions of using drugs such as a Philopon (a form of methamphetamine) and cocaine at a bathroom in a club in Melbourne, Australia with his high school friends. He was arrested at the airport upon arriving in Korea where he admitted to the charges, took drug tests, and was held in detention during the investigation.
On October 11, 2018, Jung Suk Won was sentenced to 10 months in prison, suspended for two years, during his first trial on account that he didn’t have any other criminal record of drugs and was reflecting on his actions. Jung Suk Won’s sentence at the time meant that he would be on probation for two years and serve 10 months in prison if he violated the condition of the suspension during those two years. He was also ordered to pay an additional 300,000 won (approximately $256).
However, the prosecution appealed the court’s partial verdict. They demanded three years in prison, stating, “There was a misunderstanding of the legal principles regarding the judgment of acquittal in the first trial, and overall, it was an unfair examination of the offense.”
Jung Suk Won’s lawyer asked for a dismissal of the appeal, stating, “The defendant committed a crime on impulse, and during the investigation process, he actively cooperated with the investigation by confessing to all his crimes. [Jung Suk Won] is fully reflecting on his actions of not taking social responsibility as the head of a family and as a celebrity.”
The sentencing for the appeal trial will occur on August 30 in the morning.
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