Pinkberry Founder Sentenced for Tire Iron Beating, 7 Years in Prison

Friday, 14 Mar 2014 07:07 PM

By Ken Mandel

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Young Lee, co-founder of the Pinkberry frozen yogurt chain, was sentenced to seven years in prison Friday for beating a homeless man with a tire iron.

Lee, 49, attacked a man on Los Angeles' 101 freeway exit ramp in June 2011 when he became incensed by the victim's sexually explicit stick-figure tattoo, according to court documents, Yahoo News said.

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Lee, who left Pinkberry in 2010, was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon in November.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Lee was sentenced to the maximum of four years in prison for the assault, with an additional three years for the special allegations, the New York Post reported.

Lee may also be forced to pay restitution to the victim, who suffered a concussion and broken forearm in the attack, the Post said.

Lee left the United States after the attack and was arrested upon his return in January 2012. He was convicted after a jury deliberated for less than two days.

The victim, Donald Bolding, was panhandling on the off-ramp when he flashed a sexually explicit tattoo on his stomach at Lee, his then-fiancée, and another man in the couple's Range Rover. Lee returned to the scene, chased down Bolding and beat him with a tire iron before several people intervened, Deputy District Attorney Bobby Zoumberakis said in a statement.

During a 2012 preliminary hearing, Bolding said he was begging when he saw a man approach with a tire iron and demand an apology.

"It was a bad day. I was assaulted," he said at the hearing. "I'm befuddled. I'm like, 'What are you talking about?' That's when he hits me with the tire iron."

A restitution hearing is scheduled for May 14.

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