An appeal court on the southern island of Jeju upheld a lower courtâ€™s decision and sentenced Baek Kwang-seok to 30 years in prison for murdering his ex-girlfriendâ€™s teenage son.
The court also sentenced his accomplice, Kim Si-nam to 27-years in prison.
Baek 49, and his accomplice, Kim 47, strangled a middle school-age son of Baekâ€™s ex-girlfriend with a belt at the victimâ€™s home in Jeju in July 2021, in anger over the estranged relationship.
â€œThe nature of the crime is serious and highly blamable. The pain the victim may have suffered is beyond any words,â€™â€™ a judge at the Gwangju High Courtâ€™s branch on Jeju said in the ruling.
However, the court ruled the killing does not appear to have been premeditated, rejecting the prosecutionâ€™s request for the death penalty for both.
The police made public the identities and photos of the two men, saying the publicâ€™s deserve to know, given the crimeâ€™s brutality.
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