Store owner, Min Sik Kim, was sentenced to 8 years in prison for shooting 21-year-old Jakeel Rashon Mason.
It all happened back in March, 2016. Kim went outside to ask a group of men to stop loitering around his store. When he returned to his shop, he discovered Mason stealing cigarettes. Kim pointed a gun at Mason, who raised his hands.
After holstering his weapon, Kim pushed Mason further back into the store where the two men began to wrestle. After freeing himself, Mason tried to escape but Kim fired two shots into his back. Mason died from his wounds before medical help could arrive.
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“I’m here to take responsibility for my actions in taking Mason’s life,” Kim, who pleaded guilty to the murder, said during sentencing. “I accept the consequences. I did not have the right to take his life.”
Mason was no choir boy. He had been involved in a kidnapping and burglary, but that didn’t mean he deserved to die.
The judge ruled that the use of deadly force was not necessary in this case.
Biz Pac Review reports:
A 31-year-old Washington state convenience store owner has been sentenced to eight years in prison for killing a man who was robbing his store.
The incident occurred on March 25, 2016 when Pacific Quick Shop owner Min Sik Kim went outside to ask a group of men to stop loitering.