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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA)--9 Wants You To Know about a major development in a 9 News investigation we've been working on for more than 6 months.
A D.C. Superior Court judge has decided the sentence for Richard Kim, the owner of Town Square Market in D.C., who was convicted last month of selling alcohol to a minor.

The judge handed Richard Kim a stiff sentence by DC standards. In court, he somberly told the judge he was sorry and later told us he wants to sell his store.

"I regret I even opened the store," said Kim through a Korean translator.

Kim expressed many regrets after being sentenced for selling beer and vodka to a 17 year-old high school student. Police witnessed the transaction in February and arrested the teenager and Kim minutes later.

"I don't want the business anymore. I want to go back to construction," said Kim.

Judge Elizabeth Wingo gave Kim:

--a 30 day suspended jail sentence
--a $550 fine
--24 months of unsupervised probation
and
-20 hours of community service

The teenager who purchased alcohol at Town Square Market used the expired Pennsylvania driver's license of an acquaintance who looked nothing like him. The ID also had two holes punched in it, something the judge said should have been a "red flag."

Kim says he would like to sell his store as soon as possible--as early, he said, as tomorrow.

After the sentencing, the judge told Kim:

"If it happens again, you will spend a month in jail."

Kim's troubles aren't over yet. On July 25th, DC's alcohol control board will decide whether the Town Square Market owner loses his liquor license.

Written by Andrea McCarren

9 NEWS NOW & WUSA9.COM

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