Pinkberry Co-Founder Guilty Of Beating Homeless Man With Tire Iron

The co-founder of the Pinkberry frozen yogurt franchise was convicted today for assault with a deadly weapon for beating a homeless man who was panhandling in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Henry Hall had found Young Lee, 49, who is no longer affiliated with Pinkberry, as a "threat to the community" after the three-week trial. Lee will be sentenced on Jan. 14, without bail, facing a maximum of seven years in state prison, according to The Los Angeles Times.

The assault had taken place in June 2011 when Lee became angry with Donald Bolding, who had asked him for money by the offramp on the freeway. Court documents revealed that Lee felt disrespected when Bolding changed his sweatshirt and his sexually explicit tattoo flashed to Lee and his fiancée. He parked his SUV, came back, and struck Bolding twice in the head with a tire iron. The transient suffered a broken arm and concussion, according to Associated Press.

NBC Los Angeles reported:

“Instead of driving away with his passengers as a reasonable person would have done or rolling up his window, or just ignoring the plaintiff, Lee, having taken deep offense of the tattoo, rolled down the window and began an argument with the plaintiff,” Gary Casselman, the plaintiff's attorney, wrote in court documents filed in a separate civil case.

Witnesses had to stop Lee from continuing to beat Bolding, and took down the licence plate number of his vehicle to give to the police. The business owner had left for a international trip to Korea and England before being arrested in Jan. 2012 at Los Angeles international Airport.

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