Pinkberry Co-Founder Sentenced to Seven Years Prison
On Friday, March 14th, Pinkberry yogurt chain co-founder Young Lee was sentenced to a maximum of seven years prison for his 2011 assault of a homeless man.
“A jury found Young Lee, 49, guilty in the June 2011 attack on Donald Bolding,” reported the Los Angeles Times. “Bolding flashed a tattoo of a stick-figure couple having sex to the people in Lee's car, which included his fiancée.”
Lee and an accomplice later found Bolding and beat him with a tire iron. Bolding suffered a broken left forearm and several cuts to the head.
In November 2013, a jury convicted Lee of assault with a deadly weapon, and he was ordered to remain in jail without bail until his sentencing because he was found by a Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge to be a "significant threat to the community" after threatening David Lee, a key witness.
"Do you remember the moment when David Lee stood on the witness stand and told us he'd been threatened?" Deputy District Attorney Bobby Zoumberakis asked the jury during closing arguments, according to the LA Times. "'I'm going to cut the throat of your mother, your wife, your daughter, and you.' And remember how the air left the room because you could tell how scared David Lee was?"
Lee, who opened the first Pinkberry with Shelly Hwang in West Hollywood in 2005, is no longer affiliated with the company.
Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.