Young Lee, the co-founder of frozen yogurt company Pinkberry, was found guilty on Friday of beating a homeless man with a tire iron in Los Angeles.
The incident occurred in June 2011 when a homeless man — Daniel Bolding — approach Lee’s car and showed off a sexually explicit tattoo. The couple drove away, but Lee returned with a friend and attacked the man.
During closing arguments Wednesday, the defense attorney and prosecutor said the outcome of the case depended on whether the jury believed Lee was the one who wielded the tire iron. “This case is not ‘Who did it?'” Deputy Dist. Atty. Bobby Zoumberakis told the jury. “It’s ‘Who did what?'”
Phillip Kent Cohen, Lee’s attorney, said he and the prosecutor agreed on “96% of what happened: that there was a tire iron and that [Bolding] was given great bodily injury.”
But Cohen said his client never held the tire iron, and he attempted to cast doubt on the testimony of witnesses who identified Lee as the attacker, including saying that Bolding had “flat-out lied.”
Lee faces up to seven years in jail for the attack.