Sochi Olympic bronze medalist Denis Ten died on July 19 in his home city of Almaty, Kazakhstan, after being stabbed by robbers attempting to vandalize his car. Ten died after being brought to the hospital for two stab wounds to the femoral artery. He was 25.
Those suspects, reports said Thursday, were sentenced to 18 years in a penal colony.
Arman Kudaibergenov and Nurali Kiyasov, both in their 20s, were found guilty in his death while a woman, Zhanar Tolybayeva, was sentenced to four years for failing to report the event to authorities and withholding information.
Ten’s family has said through their lawyer they believe the murder was pre-planned and Ten may have been lured to that location. So far, nothing in the investigation indicates that.
Ten was a three-time Olympian, most recently finishing 27th in PyeongChang. He also won silver and bronze medals at the world championships in 2013 and 2015. He struggled in the lead-up to the 2018 Winter Olympics but wanted to compete because he was of South Korean descent. His great-grandfather fought for South Korean independence and is depicted in a statue in Wonjnu, about 35 miles from PyeongChang.
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