He may have been issued a death sentence but it will be interesting to see if he is ever executed because Korea has not executed anyone since 1997:
A court yesterday handed down a death sentence to Kim Hong-il, 25, who brutally murdered his ex-girlfriend and her sister in Ulsan last year.
The Ulsan District Court headed by Senior Judge Seong Geum-seok sentenced Kim to be executed.
A crowd in the court, which included relatives of the murdered sisters, cheered the sentence and gave judges a standing ovation.
“We couldn’t see signs of sincere penitence in the suspect,” Judge Seong said in the ruling. “He took two sisters’ precious lives in three minutes and 20 seconds. He systematically planned the murder and was able to put the plan into action because he had a strong will to kill.
“There is a possibility the suspect might turn into a better person in the future,” the judge continued, “but the essence of the crime was so bad that giving him a death sentence is the way to protect good people from such crimes.” [Joong Ang Ilbo]
You can read more details about this crime at this prior ROK Drop posting.