Pinkberry Co-Founder Beats Up Homeless Man, Gets Seven Years in Prison

(Reuters) – A co-founder of the Pinkberry frozen yogurt chain who was convicted last year of beating a homeless man with a tire iron at a Los Angeles freeway offramp was sentenced on Friday to seven years in prison, prosecutors said.

Young Lee, a 49-year-old South Korean kick boxer-turned-architect who parted ways with Pinkberry in 2010, was found guilty last year of assault with a deadly weapon in the 2011 attack.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Lee was sentenced to the maximum of four years in prison for assault, with an additional three years for causing great bodily injury.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Henry Hall set a hearing for May 14 to determine if Lee should also pay restitution to victim Donald Bolding, who suffered a broken arm and cuts to his head in the attack.

Prosecutors say Lee got out of his Range Rover at the offramp and beat Bolding because he believed the transient had disrespected his then-fiancee by exposing a sexually explicit tattoo to them.