On March 14, Seoul Central District Court offered 15 years of penal servitude to the murderer with the last name Cho.
Cho reportedly teared up at the court and apologized to Song Seon Mi's family. Meanwhile, Cho's lawyer asked for a lighter sentence, stating, "Cho has no criminal history and has lived an earnest life."
In August 2017, Song Seon Mi's husband Mr. Ko was found dead at an office in Gangnam. The police announced Mr. Ko has been stabbed to death. The investigation revealed that Cho committed the murder at the request of Mr. Ko's cousin who promised 2 billion KRW (1.9 million USD).
The final sentence will be announced on March 16.