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Pinkberry co-founder gets prison in assault

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A co-founder of the frozen yogurt chain Pinkberry was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison for beating a homeless man with a tire iron in Los Angeles.

Young Lee, 49, was sentenced to the maximum term for the June 2011 attack near a Hollywood freeway off-ramp.

Authorities said Lee confronted Daniel Bolding as the transient was panhandling at the Vermont Avenue exit near U.S. 101.

Lee claimed Bolding flashed a sexually-themed tattoo to several people in Lee's car, including his fiancee.

Lee drove away but returned and attacked Bolding, who was struck twice in the head and suffered a broken arm before witnesses stopped the assault, prosecutors said.

The 44-year-old Bolding testified at trial that he was begging from drivers when his shirt rode up, revealing the tattoo, which showed a stick-figure couple having sex.

In November, jurors convicted Lee of assault with a deadly weapon, with a special allegation that the attack caused great bodily injury.

Lee, an architect, co-founded Pinkberry with Shelly Hwang, and they opened the first Pinkberry store in West Hollywood in 2005. The franchise chain became wildly popular, drawing celebrities and long lines.

Lee is no longer affiliated with the chain.

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Barry Pearson March 15 2014 at 11:05 PM

Lee you have an "Anger Management" problem and you are now convicted. You got what you
bargained for. God only knows, what else might lurks in your past?

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siscosdad March 15 2014 at 6:56 PM


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borderlinel7 March 15 2014 at 9:20 PM

no longer affiliated with the chain.. now affiliated with the chain-gang.. way to go stooge!

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cdm1012 March 15 2014 at 9:53 PM

This guy doesn't show any emotion - that's a problem! Get him off the street's, maybe jail wall's will be a better place for him.

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elrod.porkmore March 15 2014 at 9:55 PM

ah yes everyone needs a tattoo............ if you want people to think you are a disgusting window licker

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fjprovanjr March 15 2014 at 10:05 PM

it had to be either Bush or the Koch brothers that made him do it.

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slaytonc March 15 2014 at 10:34 PM

Wonder if 7 years of anger management will do him any good?

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jeroner slaytonc March 16 2014 at 2:51 AM

He won't be getting "anger management" in a maximum security housing unit in the California prison system. He will, however, be getting a very costly lesson in life. "Do unto others..."

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gilobet March 15 2014 at 10:36 PM

well, i think he will learn a lesson in jail. this time he will get beat up in jail..

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BootslaRue44 March 15 2014 at 6:36 PM

what a low down scum **** bag. hope they beat your ass in a cell block everyday u piece of ****

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basesport BootslaRue44 March 15 2014 at 6:47 PM

agree. I hope they beat the **** out of him, hourly.

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raymondchwa BootslaRue44 March 15 2014 at 7:13 PM

How About Daniel Bolding?YA Know These Two Are Scums

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kastmaster2105 March 15 2014 at 6:35 PM

**** happens.......

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