TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - Lee, the billionaire son of Samsung's ailing chairman, was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday, well short of the 12-year prison sentence prosecutors had sought.
The criminal conviction is a blow for Samsung, the world's largest smartphone maker and South Korea's biggest family conglomerate.
Samsung Electronics' (SSNLF) share price fell 1.5% in Seoul after the verdict was announced on Friday.
Wearing a navy suit and holding a manila envelope, Lee remained seated and silent as the judge read out the verdict.
The so-called "trial of the century" has gripped South Korea for months.