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Woman Who Kept Korean Teens as 'Slaves' Gets Increased Sentence After Plea

By Katie Honan | September 20, 2017 5:23pm
 Sook Yeong Park was arraigned May 24, 2016 on a 60-count indictment after  keeping two Korean teens as slaves, officials said.
Sook Yeong Park was arraigned May 24, 2016 on a 60-count indictment after keeping two Korean teens as slaves, officials said.
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​FLUSHING — Sook Yeong Park, who took a plea deal this summer after she was arrested for enslaving two teens from South Korea, had the book thrown at her by a judge on Wednesday — who increased her sentence from six months to up to six years behind bars. 

Park, 50, took a plea deal in July on a 60-count indictment that included grand larceny, forcible touching and assault for her treatment of two siblings from Korea who had lived with her since 2010. She was arrested in 2016 after a teacher at one of the teen's schools notified police of their "house of horrors" in Flushing. 

But on Wednesday, Judge Joseph Zayas sentenced Park to two to six years in prison — at least four times as long as her original plea deal of six months in jail, followed by five years probation.

Yovendra Mangal, Park's new lawyer, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

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Park's husband, Jeong Taek Lee, was sentenced to five years probation, which was what he agreed to during his July plea. 

District Attorney Richard Brown said the resolution allows the teenage victims, a brother and a sister who moved to Queens from Korea in 2010, to move on with their lives. 

“This kind of treatment of another human being is unacceptable and it will not be tolerated in Queens County,”  Brown said.