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(CNN) — For months he was held captive by the North Korean regime, not even sure what he would be charged with.

Then in one fell swoop, American citizen Matthew Todd Miller was convicted of committing « acts hostile » to North Korea and sentenced to six years of hard labor, North Korean state-run media reported Sunday.

While Miller’s fate is now clear, the circumstances surrounding his alleged crime remain murky.

According to the state-run Korean Central News Agency, the 24-year-old arrived in North Korea as a tourist on April 10 and ripped up his tourist visa, shouted his desire to seek asylum and said « he came to the DPRK after choosing it as a shelter. »

Early Monday, the U.S. State Department demanded that North Korea release Miller and fellow American prisoner Kenneth Bae.

« The charges for which he (Miller) and the other detained U.S. citizens were arrested and imprisoned would not…

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