Las Vegas, NV — A former pawn shop owner convicted of shooting a 21-year-old man who allegedly attempted to steal a Cartier watch from him in 2009 was sentenced on Monday morning.
Victor Park entered an Alford plea earlier this year to voluntary manslaughter for fatally shooting Thomas Cola.
Park was offered a suspended sentence of 16 to 72 months. He was placed on probation for three years. If he violates the terms of probation, he will have to serve a minimum of 36 months.
The shooting took spot on Jan. 30, 2009. Las Vegas police say they get a get in touch with from Park, who was the owner of the Sahara Pawn Shop on South Jones Boulevard, at around five:07 p.m.
Park reportedly told the police that he had shot an individual who had entered the retailer and whom he believed was about to rob him.
Upon arrival, police found 21-year-old Thomas Cola had been shot. He was transported to UMC Trauma and pronounced dead a short time later. After police interviewed Park, he was placed below arrest.
It was later revealed that Cola had been shot in the back.
Members of Cola’s household were present at today’s sentencing. His mother scolded Park and named her son a “great boy” even even though he had a criminal background and had cocaine in his program at the time of the shooting. She also asked for restitution for travel costs following her son died but was denied.
Park spoke briefly and mentioned that he wish Cola had by no means entered the retailer that day and that he regrets how issues turned out.