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Jung-ho Kang gets eight-month suspended sentence for third DUI arrest

Jung Ho Kang Jung Ho Kang
Tracy Craig | 04 March, 2017, 00:59

Jung Ho Kang has received an eight-month sentence after admitting guilt in his DUI case, but the sentence has been suspended for two years.

Per terms of the sentence, delivered in Seoul Central District Court, Kang can avoid jail time if he keeps a clean record for the next two years.

Police said Kang's December arrest was his third for DUI, leading to the revocation of his driver's license in South Korea.

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The Yonhap News Agency reports that prosecutors in the case were seeking a fine equal to more than $13,000 USA dollars; but, the Seoul Central District Court determined the case was serious enough that they wanted it to go to trial.

Kang apparently will be able to head to training camp with the Pirates, but the possibility of discipline from the Pirates or Major League Baseball remains an unknown factor. Kang has had to stay in Seoul for his trial on February 22 and verdict hearing Friday. The legal limit here is 0.05 percent. Yonhap reported that Kang was previously charged with DUI in August 2009 and May 2011.

Last year, Kang played 103 games for the Pirates, hitting 21 homers, driving in 62 runs with an OPS of.867. Since then, he was booted off Korea's World Baseball Classic team and he agreed to enter an alcohol rehabilitation program, according to his agent.

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