Song Duk Ho, an actor who was indicted for attempting to evade mandatory military service by falsely claiming to have epilepsy, has been sentenced to a suspended prison term in the first trial.
Previously, prosecutors requested a 1-year prison sentence for actor Song Duk ho (30, real name Kim Jung Hyun), who is accused of pretending to have fake epilepsy to avoid military service.
On May 17, at the Seoul Southern District Court’s 9th Criminal Division, Judge Kim Yoon-hee sentenced Song Duk Ho to one year of imprisonment suspended to two years and ordered him to complete 80 hours of community service.
The trial stated, “Considering that it was his first offense and he confessed to the crime from the investigation agency, as well as the fact that he appears to be willing to fulfill his military duty after this incident, these factors were taken into account.”
Song Duk Ho was charged with pretending to have symptoms of epilepsy as instructed by a broker and obtaining exemption from military service based on a diagnosis. After receiving an active-duty decision, he repeatedly postponed his enlistment and received a 4th grade social service personnel classification last year.
Meanwhile, Song Duk Ho made his debut in the movie “Burning” directed by Lee Chang Dong in 2018 and has appeared in various dramas such as “Hotel Del Luna” (2019), “Hospital Playlist” (2020), “Taxi Driver” (2021), “D.P.” (2021), and more. After the revelation of his military service corruption, Song Duk Ho withdrew from the drama he was filming at the time.