North Korea sentences American student Otto Warmbier to 15 years hard labor

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PYONGYANG, North Korea (March 16, 2016) – North Korea has sentenced American student Otto Frederick Warmbier to 15 years hard labor for crimes against the state, China’s official Xinhua news agency reported Wednesday.

The sentence was handed down by the country’s Supreme Court, Xinhua said in one-line dispatch datelined Pyongyang.

Last month Warmbier admitted to attempting to steal a banner with a political slogan from his hotel in the North Korean capital.

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