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Man Sentenced to Life for Deadly Subway Fire

August 06, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

A man who started a subway fire in South Korea that killed 198 people was sentenced to life in prison.

Kim Dae Han, 56, started the Feb. 18 blaze by igniting a carton filled with gasoline inside a subway train in Taegu, the country's third-largest city. The Taegu District Court convicted him of arson and homicide.

Prosecutors had asked for the death penalty, but the court gave Kim a life sentence, saying he was repentant and appeared to have been mentally unstable when he committed the crime.

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