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Koreatown Pool Hall Owner Sentenced to
Life Without Parole

November 21, 2008
Contacts: Joe Scott, Director of Communications
Sandi Gibbons, Public Information Officer
Jane Robison, News Secretary
Shiara Dávila, Assistant PIO
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LOS ANGELES – A Koreatown pool hall owner convicted of murdering the men who sold him the business was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Curtis Rappe also sentenced Bae Hyuk Shin, 48, to an additional 65 years to life in prison to run consecutively and ordered him to pay $25,234 to the Victim’s Restitution fund to pay for medical and funeral expenses, Deputy District Attorney Annette Peterson said.

A jury in August convicted Shin of one count each of first- and second-degree murder and found true the allegations that he personally used a handgun to commit the crimes. The jury also found true the special circumstance of multiple murders. The District Attorney’s office determined prior to trial that it would not seek the death penalty against the defendant.

Gi Hyuk Ro, 46, the former owner of the pool hall, and Sang Bae Shin, 55, who authorities said was the middle man in the sale, were shot to death on July 8, 2004, at Nice Q Billiards, 3388 W. Eighth St., Koreatown. Victim Shin was not related to the defendant.

The defendant also was shot, but Peterson said that he testified at his trial that the wound was self-inflicted. Peterson said the defendant told a friend that he believed he had been “cheated and deceived” by the victims when he bought the business.


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