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Pinkberry co-founder guilty of assaulting homeless man

Pinkberry Co Founder

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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.

A Los Angeles jury on Friday found Young Lee, co-founder of the Pinkberry yogurt chain, guilty of “brutally beating a transient with a tire iron,” according to a statement from the L.A. District Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors said the victim, Donald Boulding, 44, was panhandling in East Hollywood in 2011 when Lee accused him of disrespecting him by flashing a sexually explicit tattoo. Prosecutors said Lee, 49, returned a short time later and chased and beat the victim before several bystanders intervened.

The jury deliberated a little more than a day before finding Lee guilty of assault with a deadly weapon. Lee faces up to seven years in prison. He helped found the Pinkberry empire in 2005 but is no long affiliated with the company.

The jury of six women and six men also found that the assault caused great bodily injury to the victim, who sustained a broken left forearm and several cuts to his head. 

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