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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Jung Ho Kang’s suspended sentence upheld by South Korean court

A South Korean court on Thursday upheld a suspended prison sentence for Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang over a drunken driving conviction, a ruling that may complicate his plans to rejoin his team this season.

The Seoul Central District Court dismissed Kang’s appeal of a suspended eight-month prison sentence over charges of fleeing the scene after crashing a car into the guardrail while driving drunk in December, a court official said. The court official didn’t want to be named, citing office rules.

Kang had sought to lower the punishment to a fine. His lawyers have called the suspended prison term issued in March as a potential “death sentence” to his career, blaming it for visa issues that have prevented him from rejoining the Pirates. The team weeks later put Kang on the restricted list as visa issues continued to delay him.

The court in had suspended the sentence for two years following his third DUI conviction in South Korea since 2009. A suspended sentence means Kang will only face jail time if he is charged with DUI again in the next two years.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 18, 2017 at 09:30 AM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dui, jung ho kang, legal, pirates

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