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March 14, 2014 | By Kate Mather
The co-founder of frozen yogurt chain Pinkberry was sentenced Friday to a maximum seven years in prison for beating a panhandling homeless man with a tire iron. A jury found Young Lee, 49, guilty in the June 2011 attack on Donald Bolding. Bolding flashed a tattoo of a stick-figure couple having sex to the people in Lee's car, which included his fiancee. Lee drove away, then returned to the East Hollywood street with another man who'd been in the car. He then beat Bolding, who suffered a broken left forearm and several cuts to the head.
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March 16, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Supporters unsuccessfully pleaded for mercy before the co-founder of frozen yogurt chain Pinkberry was sentenced to seven years in prison for beating a homeless man with a tire iron. Cameron Keys, a friend of Young Lee, told Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Henry J. Hall on Friday that Lee had been homeless about a decade ago, when he battled drug and alcohol addictions. Since his recovery, Keys said, Lee was "thoughtful, serious" and "dedicated to his friends and family.
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April 20, 2010 | Andrea Chang
The original Pinkberry location in West Hollywood, also known as the yogurt shop that spawned 1,000 parking tickets, has closed permanently after five years. Pinkberry spokeswoman Mary Sadeghy said the lack of parking contributed to the decision Sunday to close the store at 868 Huntley Drive. She added that it would remain as an administrative building for Los Angeles-based Pinkberry, which now operates 83 frozen yogurt shops worldwide. "We just decided that we had enough other locations within that vicinity to service that market," Sadeghy said.
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March 14, 2014 | By Kate Mather
The wife of Pinkberry co-founder Young Lee begged a judge Friday for leniency when her husband was sentenced for beating of a homeless man with a tire iron. Lee's wife, Jieun Kim, wiped her eyes as she spoke to the judge through a translator. "It hurts me deeply when my child, who just started speaking, asks for his dad," she said. "I beg you to not separate our family, to keep our family together. "  Kim told Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Henry J. Hall that she did not speak English and did not have residency in the United States.
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March 16, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Supporters unsuccessfully pleaded for mercy before the co-founder of frozen yogurt chain Pinkberry was sentenced to seven years in prison for beating a homeless man with a tire iron. Cameron Keys, a friend of Young Lee, told Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Henry J. Hall on Friday that Lee had been homeless about a decade ago, when he battled drug and alcohol addictions. Since his recovery, Keys said, Lee was "thoughtful, serious" and "dedicated to his friends and family.
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January 18, 2012 | By Scott Gold, Andrew Blankstein and Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
The frozen business empire of Pinkberry was always about control. Dating back to Pinkberry's first shop in West Hollywood in 2005, no detail was too small for the company's suave, visionary co-founder, Young Lee: flooring of tiny pebbles, meant to suggest the feel of the beach. Lively music set at a precise volume — a hint of an old-timey ice cream truck. Today, Pinkberry has more than 170 stores in more than a dozen countries and has achieved corporate nirvana by securing a niche in the collective consciousness.
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July 20, 2012 | By Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles County judge ordered the co-founder of frozen yogurt giant Pinkberry on Thursday to stand trial for allegedly assaulting a homeless man on the side of an East Hollywood road after the victim testified that the entrepreneur repeatedly struck him with a tire iron. In a preliminary hearing for yogurt mogul Young Lee, the alleged victim testified this week for the first time, saying that Lee hit him in the head with the tire iron at least twice before chasing him through a busy street to continue the attack.
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November 6, 2013 | By James Barragan
The fate of the co-founder of frozen yogurt giant Pinkberry depends on the answer to one question: Who had the tire iron? Young Lee, 48, is accused of assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly beating Donald Bolding with a tire iron in June 2011 while Bolding was panhandling on the side of an east Hollywood street. After becoming upset that Bolding flashed a tattoo to people in Lee's car - including his fiancee - showing a stick-figure couple having sex, Lee drove away - but he returned with another man and beat Bolding, prosecutors say. During closing arguments Wednesday, the defense attorney and prosecutor alike said the outcome of the case depended on whether the jury believed Lee was the one who wielded the tire iron.
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March 14, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Judge Henry J. Hall was blunt when he addressed Pinkberry co-founder Young Lee in court Friday, calling his 2011 attack on a homeless man both "horrendous" and "fairly merciless. " Lee, 49, was convicted last year of beating Ronald Bolding with a tire iron  while Bolding was panhandling along an East Hollywood street. Hall handed Lee the maximum sentence of seven years in prison Friday, despite his attorney's request that he be evaluated for possible probation. "What this case boils down to at the end of the day, is nothing more or nothing less than a savage attack on a defenseless person," Hall said.
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March 14, 2014 | By Kate Mather
The co-founder of frozen yogurt chain Pinkberry was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison for beating a homeless man with a tire iron, an attack a Los Angeles judge declared "fairly merciless" and "horrendous. " Dressed in an orange, jail-issued jump suit, Young Lee stared straight ahead as Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Henry J. Hall handed down the maximum penalty the 49-year-old faced. A jury in November convicted Lee - who helped found Pinkberry in 2005 but is no longer involved with the company - of assault.
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November 8, 2013 | By James Barragan, This post has been corrected. See note below for details
The co-founder of frozen yogurt giant Pinkberry was convicted Friday of beating a homeless man with a tire iron while the victim panhandled on the side of an East Hollywood street. Young Lee, 49, became upset in June 2011 that Daniel Bolding had flashed a tattoo depicting a stick figure of a couple having sex to the people in the car -- including Lee's fiancée. Lee drove away but  returned with another man and beat Bolding.  The jury deliberated for less than two days before reaching a guilty verdict in the three-week-long trial.  Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Henry Hall said that evidence during the trial showed that Lee had made significant threats to witnesses and considered him a "threat to the community.
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November 8, 2013 | By James Barragan
Pinkberry co-founder Young Lee, convicted of assaulting a homeless man with a tire iron, is a "significant threat to the community" after threatening a witness in his trial and was ordered to jail without bail on Friday. During closing arguments on Wednesday, Deputy Dist. Atty. Bobby Zoumberakis reminded the jury of the threat. "Do you remember the moment when David Lee stood on the witness stand and told us he'd been threatened?" Zoumberakis asked the jury. "'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?"
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November 6, 2013 | By James Barragan
The fate of the co-founder of frozen yogurt giant Pinkberry depends on the answer to one question: Who had the tire iron? Young Lee, 48, is accused of assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly beating Donald Bolding with a tire iron in June 2011 while Bolding was panhandling on the side of an east Hollywood street. After becoming upset that Bolding flashed a tattoo to people in Lee's car - including his fiancee - showing a stick-figure couple having sex, Lee drove away - but he returned with another man and beat Bolding, prosecutors say. During closing arguments Wednesday, the defense attorney and prosecutor alike said the outcome of the case depended on whether the jury believed Lee was the one who wielded the tire iron.
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