Crime & Justice

Pinkberry co-founder gets prison in LA homeless man 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.
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.
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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.
An appetizing shot inside a Pinkberry.
Mark Lennihan
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.
A Pinkberry store is seen in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012.
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A co-founder of the frozen yogurt chain Pinkberry has been sentenced to seven years in prison for beating a homeless man with a tire iron in Los Angeles.

Forty-nine-year-old Young Lee, who is no longer affiliated with Pinkberry, was sentenced to the maximum term Friday.

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A jury convicted Lee of assault with a deadly weapon last November and the judge declared him to be a significant threat to the community.

Prosecutors said Lee confronted Daniel Bolding in June 2011 after the transient flashed a sexually explicit tattoo to several people in Lee's car, including his fiancee. Lee drove away and came back with another man who'd been in the car and beat Bolding.

Bolding was struck twice on the head and suffered a broken arm before witnesses stopped the attack.