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North Korean detainee lands back home in Ohio

3 years 11 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, October 22 2014 Oct 22, 2014 October 22, 2014 8:16 AM October 22, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Andrew Welsh-Huggins

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, OH - An Ohio man detained for nearly half a year in North Korea has landed back home.

Officials say a plane carrying Jeffrey Fowle landed Wednesday morning at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton.

The State Department announced Tuesday that the 56-year-old Miamisburg resident had been released. The news came about six months after he was taken into custody after leaving a Bible at a nightclub. Christian evangelism is considered a crime in North Korea.

He had been awaiting trial - the only one of three Americans held by Pyongyang who had not been convicted of charges.

The two others were each sentenced to years in North Korean prisons after court trials that lasted no more than 90 minutes. The three Americans entered North Korea separately.

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