Otto Frederick Warmbier (December 12, 1994 – June 19, 2017) was a college student from the United States who was detained in North Korea in 2016.
He was freed by North Korea in a vegetative state in June 2017 and died soon after.
On June 13, 2017, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced the release of Otto Warmbier, a US university student who had been held hostage in North Korea since January 2016.
North Korea Ordered to Pay $501M for Death of Otto Warmbier
In 2018, a federal judge smacked North Korea with a $501 million judgment in the death of Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia student held captive for a year and a half.
The judgment came less than a week after Warmbier’s parents, brother, and sister spoke for hours before Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell.
Economic losses, medical expenditures, and $450 million in punitive damages are included in the $501 million judgement, with $150 million going to Warmbier’s estate and his mother and father, Cynthia and Fred.