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.