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Student released by North Korea arrives in Ohio

Posted at 8:01 PM, Jun 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-14 02:25:11-04

CINCINNATI (AP) — An American college student arrived Tuesday in Ohio after being released by North Korea, where he was serving a 15-year prison term with hard labor for alleged anti-state acts.

RELATED: US College Student Otto Warmbier Has Been Released From North Korea

The plane carrying Otto Warmbier arrived around 10:20 p.m. Tuesday at an airport in Cincinnati where he was to be taken to a hospital. His parents say he has been in a coma and was medically evacuated. The 22-year-old student from Cincinnati was supposed to graduate from the University of Virginia in May.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced Warmbier's release Tuesday and said he'd be reunited with his family. Tillerson says the State Department secured Warmbier's release at President Donald Trump's direction.

Warmbier was sentenced in March 2016 after a televised tearful public confession to trying to steal a propaganda banner.