N. Korea Sentences U.S. Student to 15 Years Hard Labor

SEOUL (Reuters) -
In this Feb. 29 photo, American student Otto Warmbier speaks as he is presented to reporters in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon, File)
In this Feb. 29 photo, American student Otto Warmbier speaks as he is presented to reporters in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon, File)

North Korea’s supreme court sentenced American student Otto Warmbier to 15 years of hard labor for crimes against the state, China’s Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday.

Warmbier, a University of Virginia student, was detained by the North in January for trying to steal an item bearing a propaganda slogan from his hotel in Pyongyang and had confessed to crimes against the state, North Korean media said previously.