Actor Son Seung Won, 29, claimed he will use his time in the military to reflect on his DUI accident.
Back in December, Son Seung Won attempted a hit-and-run in an intoxicated state. The actor's license was already suspended as he was engaged in 3 other DUI cases prior to the accident. It was also revealed he initially lied and claimed passenger Jung Hwi was the driver.
On March 14, the second trial for Son Seung Won's DUI case took place at the Seoul Central District Court. The prosecutor demanded 4 years of penal servitude for Son.
Son stood in front of the judge for the final time, and said, "Throughout the past 70 days in jail, I deeply felt and reflected on my wrongdoings. I've regretted my past life and feel sorry to the victims. I've been treated for anxiety disorder since a year ago. I will accept any and all punishments and pay for my sins. I am sorry to the victims, my family, and fans."
Son's lawyer added, "The defendant is worthy of criticism. However, he has deeply reflected on his wrongdoings for the past 70 days and has also reached a settlement with the victims. Please allow him to complete his military duty and live a new life."
The lawyer continued, "His parents divorced after his father's business failed and he has lived a hard life with his mother. He debuted in his early 20s but he did not have a hit as he hoped. The undelayable military enlistment, concerns about his parents, and guilt led to anxiety disorder and ultimately the DUI. As a celebrity who lives off of popularity, he is reflecting on how he has caused an issue and admits to all charges. He has received the conscription order and desires to serve in the military. Please allow him to properly serve and reflect."
Many are expressing anger at Son for attempting to use his military service as a getaway. Comments stated, "Don't think about running away," "Military is not a place for you to reflect on your actions," "Just go to jail."
Meanwhile, Song Seung Won's final trial is scheduled for April 11.