North Korea has sentenced a South Korean-born American citizen to 10 years of hard labor for subversion and espionage, a North Korean official told CNN.

Prosecutors were seeking a 15-year hard labor sentence for Kim Dong Chul for committing “offenses in a scheme to overthrow the socialist system of the DPRK,” according to state-run news agency KCNA.

The defense asked that Kim’s sentence be commuted, arguing “the crimes by the accused are very serious but he is old and may repent of his faults.”

Friday’s verdict was handed down by North Korea’s Supreme Court.

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