The Korean man who attacked U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert with a knife last year was sentenced to 12 years in prison for attempted murder by the Supreme Court on Wednesday. The top court convicted 56-year-old Kim Ki-jong, who slashed the ambassador with a knife during a forum in Seoul on March 5, 2015, for attempted murder, assaulting a foreign envoy and obstruction of duty. Kim, a radical activist, slashed Lippert in the face and arm at a breakfast forum at the Sejong Center for Performing Arts in Seoul. He was immediately arrested. The ambassador required two surgeries and 80 stitches to his face that resulted in a five-day hospital stay. Kim, who is the founder of Woori Madang, a unification research group, initially testified that he attacked Lippert because he is opposed to the ongoing joint military drills between Washington and Seoul. Prosecutors determined that Kim intended to kill Lippert based on the location of the top envoy’s injuries and Kim’s use of a 24-centimeter (9-inch) knife.
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