Everyone needs to remember this case the next time a GI gets involved in an assault or stabbing because it shows that a Korean civilian can stab not only one person, but multiple and get away with it:
A U.S. soldier was sentenced Wednesday to an 18-month suspended jail term and three years of probation for wielding a baseball bat in a brawl outside a South Korean nightclub during St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
The Uijeonogbu District Court also sentenced Lee Chang-hon, the bar’s owner, to a two-year suspended jail sentence and three years of probation for stabbing three U.S. soldiers during the fight in the Ville, an entertainment district near Camp Casey.
Both men had claimed self-defense during the trial.
Neither man made a statement at the sentencing.
During trial last month, however, Spc. Paul Noel read a written statement apologizing “to the people of Korea” but added that “anyone in my position would have done the same thing.” [Stars and Stripes]
You can read more at the link, but John Humphrey would have really liked this sentence for when he pulled out a knife to defend himself from a Korean mob that was beating him and his friends. Instead he was charged with attempted murder and sat in jail for 2.5 years.
The bar owner in this case was not even defending himself, he inserted himself into the incident and began stabbing people. This guy is a violent criminal that is once again free to walk the streets of Dongducheon while GIs convicted of far less crimes get sent to jail or receive fines. This guy was not even fined for trying to kill the GIs.