US citizen sentenced to 6 years hard labor in North Korea
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US citizen sentenced to 6 years hard labor in North Korea

US citizen Matthew Miller was sentenced to 6 years of hard labor in North Korea Sunday after he was found guilty of espionage.

The 24-year-old had been detained since April.

Miller, 24, of Bakersfield, California, was detained for violating his tourist status when he entered the country. He is believed to have torn up his visa at Pyongyang’s airport and demanded asylum.

A trial is also expected soon for Jeffrey Fowle, 56, who entered the North as a tourist but was arrested in May for leaving a Bible at a provincial club. A third American, Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae, is serving out a 15-year sentence for alleged “hostile acts.”

Additional reporting by Associated Press