[Sports Seoul Correspondent Haeun Jeong] Former member of the group BTOB Jung Il-hoon, who was handed over to trial for habitually inhaling marijuana, was sentenced to prison and arrested in court.

On the afternoon of the 10th, the 22nd Criminal Division of the Seoul Central District Court sentenced Il-hoon Jung, who was charged with violating the Narcotics Control Act (cannabis), to two years in prison. Jung Il-hoon, who was being tried without detention, was detained in court on the same day as he was sentenced to prison.

From July 5, 2016 to January 9, 2019, Jung Il-hoon was sent to trial on charges of remittance of 133 million won and inhaling 826 g of hemp with conspirators 161 times. He entered the training center on May 28 last year and is serving as a social service worker. In July of the same year, he was sent to the prosecution on charges of violating the drug management law.

Prosecution Requests 4 Years In Prison For Former BTOB Ilhoon's Charges For Buying And Using Marijuana - Koreaboo
Photo of Jung Il-hoon via Koreaboo

Earlier, at the decision trial held on the 20th of last month, the prosecution requested the court to “sentence the accused Jung Il-hoon to four years in prison and collect 133 million won.” At that time, Jung Il-hoon’s lawyer appealed for leniency, saying, “The defendant is currently deeply reflecting.”

Jung Il-hoon pleaded, “I chose the wrong method because of too much stress.” He admitted his mistake and repented of his sins, but his gaze toward Jung Il-hoon is still not good. The fact that more than 100 million people smoked marijuana habitually beyond imagination caused great disappointment to many fans and the public.

In particular, it was known that cryptocurrency was used in the purchase process to make it easy to track the account, and it caused even greater outrage. Il-hoon expressed that he felt deeply saddened by the fact that he forsaken the trust in those who believed in him and caused great inconvenience to his agency and group.

On the other hand, Jung Il-hoon debuted as a member of BTOB in 2012 and was loved by releasing hit songs such as ‘JUMP‘, ‘Pray (I’ll Be Your Man)‘, ‘Remember That‘, and ‘Missing You‘. However, he withdrew from the group when it was discovered that he was smoking marijuana. Also, while the police investigation was ongoing, in May of last year, he entered the training camp and was involved in the escapism controversy while working as a social worker.

His agency Cube Entertainment said,

“Jung Il-hoon is deeply reflecting on his disappointment and breaking the trust of many fans with this incident, and he is deeply responsible. I feel a heavy responsibility for the current situation, and I will do my best to the end so that I can faithfully participate in future investigations.”

Many Netizens are both showing support all over social media as well as being outraged over this sentence. We wish Ilhoon the best of luck and hope he will be okay.

[Source: Sports Seoul via Naver]

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