Pinkberry is an internationally successful restaurant chain known for selling unique, delicious, frozen yogurt with a low calorie count. The co-founder of Pinkberry, Young Lee, was sentenced today for assaulting a homeless man.
In June 2011, a homeless man named Donald Bolding, flashed his tattoo of a stick figure couple having sex to the people in Lee’s car. The people in the car were Lee, his coworkers, and his fiancée. Lee did not react at that moment. Instead he drove away and returned some time later. He was accompanied by a co-worker who was in the car with Lee earlier. Suddenly they attacked Bolding and beat him with a tire iron. Bolding suffered a broken left forearm and several cuts to the head. Lee and his accomplice were arrested at the scene.
In November 2011, the jury returned the verdict. Lee was held without bail. The Los Angeles County Superior Court, Judge Henry Hall, stated that Lee was a threat to the community. Not only did he commit a horrible crime but he also threatened a significant witness in the case, David Lee. They are not related.
Before Judge Hall sentenced Lee, the prosecutor Bobby Zoumberakis, made a final statement to the court. “Do you remember the moment when David Lee stood on the witness stand and told us he’d been threatened? He told David Lee, he’s going to cut the throat of his mother, his wife, his daughter and end his life. And remember how the air left the room because you could tell how scared David Lee was?”
Young Lee was sentenced to 7 years and is no longer involved with the company.