May 3, 2013 at 3:56 PM
13-year sentence for man who killed wife’s employee in Bellevue
A former Microsoft programmer who killed a man he suspected was having an affair with his wife in November 2011 was sentenced this afternoon to 13 years in prison for second-degree murder.
Just after 10 a.m. on Nov. 15, 2011, Sung Ho Kim’s wife called 911 and Bellevue police responded to the downtown apartment where she ran a business, charging papers say. Police found Jin Young Kim, the wife’s employee, slumped over his desk, dead from a gunshot wound to the head, the papers say. Sung Ho Kim and victim are not related.
The wife told detectives she had a relationship with Jin Young Kim, but that it was emotional and not physical, charging papers say.
Sung Ho Kim allegedly came to the apartment as his wife and Jin Young Kim were preparing to leave, charging papers say. All three went back inside because Sung Ho Kim said he wanted to speak with them, and Jin Young Kim sat down at his desk, the papers say.
Charging papers say the two men argued, with Sung Ho Kim wanting the victim to be fired and to stay away from his family, while Jin Young Kim declared he couldn’t be fired because he had a contract. Jin Young Kim demanded $500,000 to withdraw from the business and leave Sung’s family alone, the court documents say.
Sung Ho Kim became enraged, pulled out a Glock 9-mm handgun and shot Jin Young Kim once in the head, according to the charging papers. He then tossed the weapon out of a window and told his wife to call 911, the papers say.
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