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Itaewon homicide case: Arthur Patterson to serve 20 years in prison

By KpopJoA   Thursday, January 26, 2017   57,453   335   57



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Following his innocent appeals trial last summer, the Supreme Court has upheld the Seoul High Court ruling and Arthur Patterson will be serving 20 years in prison.

Charged with murdering 23-year-old Cho Joong Pil, stabbing him multiple times inside a Burger King restroom in Itaewon back in 1997, the Super Court claimed, "There is no shadow of a doubt that Mr. Patterson has indeed killed the victim with the weapon.  Thus, it is decided to sentence the suspect to 20 years in prison as originally ruled."

The maximum sentence for someone under 18 is 20 years and since Arthur Patterson was 17-years-old at the time of the crime, he received the maximum 20 years.

According to investigators, there were two reasons why Edward Lee was named a suspect at that time, one being his height and weight.  From the autopsy, they stated that the suspect had to be much taller than the victim.  However, Patterson was much shorter than the victim, whereas Lee was taller.  Now, it is believed that the victim crouched, which would match up with the shorter person Patterson stabbing the victim.

Second, was the results of the lie detector.  Edward Lee's test results came out clean, while Patterson came out with many false answers, raising many questions.  Unable to find any clear evidence, Edward Lee was found innocent of all charges, which then lead the investigation to shift to Patterson as being the main suspect.  

SEE ALSO: Arthur Patterson continues to argue that he is not the true criminal in Itaewon homicide case

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sun3sun Monday, January 30, 2017

What if I'm COMPLETELY INNOCENT and lie detector says I lied. OMG that'll be a nightmare for me. I know there are other proofs , but they shouldn't use a lie detector in a serious situation. Lie detector is like a child game man.

neoncolors_0 Friday, January 27, 2017

This lucky bastard got 20yrs only. For murder, you deserve life sentence without parole.

Skyepop Friday, January 27, 2017

The crime happened 20 years ago. Has this guy been in prison since then and served 20 years already or does he get to start his 20 years from now? How has it taken so long to convict??

Metus Skyepop Friday, January 27, 2017

He ran away to America and joined the US military to get away with the murder. He did until now.

lvpool86 (Banned) Friday, January 27, 2017

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saro  lvpool86 (Banned) Friday, January 27, 2017

they already did

JacePlywoody  lvpool86 (Banned) Saturday, January 28, 2017

They already did make this into a movie. The title is "The Case of Itaewon Homicide". Starring Jang Keun Suk.

crazyft Friday, January 27, 2017

im lost who are this ppl ? what happened ?

TruthTeller130 crazyft Friday, January 27, 2017

old case where the victim named above was found stabbed to death in a bk restroom. there had always been 2 suspects but they couldnt really fully investigate because patterson who was the son of some us military ran away to the us after the initial interview. if i remember correctly he was extradited last year and now almost 20yr after the murder he got his conviction

crazyft TruthTeller130 Saturday, January 28, 2017

why this all happened ? whats the reason behind it ? thank you BTW

TruthTeller130 crazyft Saturday, January 28, 2017

from what i remember, they had been at a party or something and were most likely drunk. there has never been an actually reason told behind the murder.... its been really long since ive read about it like 7-8 yrs

crazyft TruthTeller130 Sunday, January 29, 2017

aha ok thank you

SuperFly_Snuka Friday, January 27, 2017

So they can release photos of him, but not these other criminals I'm interested in like Ms. A who gets sponsored by Mr. B

JacePlywoody SuperFly_Snuka Saturday, January 28, 2017

It's because this case is a famous crime case from 1997. It was even made into a movie. Everybody in SK know this case maybe that's why they did not censor him out.

shoyst21 Thursday, January 26, 2017

I hope AKP just didn't do much research about this case because basing on the content of this article there are just so many loopholes and the evidences presented aren't enough to make a conviction.

crzzzy Thursday, January 26, 2017

So the reason he became the main suspect is this other guy got off with a lie detector test which is not considered as evidence in court. Just by circumstantial evidence he is given maximum punishment. Looks like witch hunt to me.

Alastair Thursday, January 26, 2017

I'm not taking this seriously. Some people commit worse crimes and as long as they sorry and are remorseful they get off with a slap on the wrist. I know there was antiAmerican sentiment back in the 2000s because 2 soldiers killed 2 girls and they weren't found guilty. Known as the Yangju highway incident/ Highway 56 Incident. Not a stretch for people to still have this feeling so I'm guessing it's the only reason why he got a logical sentence.

RayD Thursday, January 26, 2017

Edward Lee was still an accessory to the crime and should also serve his sentence. Can't fathom why he's scot-free.

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