Pinkberry Co-Founder Found Guilty of Beating Homeless Man

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Trial in beating of panhandler goes to jury

Young Lee, one of the 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 LA on Monday morning January 30, 2012. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

LOS ANGELES (Los Angeles Times)-

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, 48, 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.”

Lee was remanded with no bail and is set to be sentenced Jan. 14.  Lee — who helped found Pinkberry in 2005 but is no longer involved with the company — faces a maximum of seven years in state prison.

Continue reading about Lee’s trial by clicking here.

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