Pinkberry co-founder gets prison in assault

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Pinkberry co-founder gets prison in assault
FILE-This Jan. 30, 2012 file photo shows Young Lee, one of the former founders of the Pinkberry yogurt chain stands with his attorney Philip Kent Cohen, right, during his arraignment in the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Building in Los Angeles. Lee has been convicted, Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, of assault with a deadly weapon for striking a transient with a tire iron. Lee was sentenced Friday March 14, 2014, to seven years in prison for beating a homeless man with a tire iron in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Al Seib, Pool,File)
File-This Jan. 30, 2012 file photo shows Young Lee, one of the former founders of the Pinkberry yogurt chain stands with his attorney Philip Kent Cohen, right, during his arraignment in the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Building in Los Angeles. Lee has been convicted, Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, of assault with a deadly weapon for striking a transient with a tire iron. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Al Seib, Pool,File)
FILE - In this Jan.30,2012 file photo Young Lee, one of the founders of the Pinkberry yogurt chain, appears during his arraignment in the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Building in Los Angeles. A preliminary hearing is expected to begin today Wednesday May 9,2012 in the case against the Pinkberry co-founder Lee, who is accused of beating a homeless man with a tire iron. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Al Seib, Pool,File)
Young Lee, one of the founders of the Pinkberry yogurt chain appears with his attorney Philip Kent Cohen, not shown, during his arraignment in the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Building in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012. City News Service says Lee was arraigned in the June 15 beating that left a homeless man with a broken forearm and cuts to his head. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Al Seib, Pool)
A Pinkberry store is seen in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012. Young Lee, 47, the co-founder of the Pinkberry frozen yogurt chain, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon over allegations he broke a homeless man's arm with a tire iron. Lee was arrested by a joint police and FBI fugitive task force Monday, Jan. 16, as he arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on a flight from South Korea. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
A woman walks by a Pinkberry store in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012. Young Lee, 47, the co-founder of the Pinkberry frozen yogurt chain, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon over allegations he broke a homeless man's arm with a tire iron. Lee was arrested by a joint police and FBI fugitive task force Monday, Jan. 16, as he arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on a flight from South Korea. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
People enter a Pinkberry store in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012. Young Lee, 47, the co-founder of the Pinkberry frozen yogurt chain, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon over allegations he broke a homeless man's arm with a tire iron. Lee was arrested by a joint police and FBI fugitive task force Monday, Jan. 16, as he arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on a flight from South Korea. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 16: Young Lee, co-founder of Pinkberry Inc., poses in his studio in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007. Maveron LLC, the venture-capital firm co-founded by Starbucks Corp. Chairman Howard Schultz, bought a $27.5 million stake in Pinkberry Inc. and wants it to add stores, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing Maveron. Lee, 43, and Heykyung 'Shelly' Hwang, 33, both South Korean immigrants, founded Pinkberry. (Photo by Armando Arorizo/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
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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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