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Pool hall owner sentenced to life

Bae Hyuk Shin, 48, was sentenced Nov. 21, 2008, to life in prison without the possibility of parole, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

He was also sentenced to an additional 65 years to life in prison to run consecutively and ordered to pay $25,234 in restitution.

Shin, the owner of Nice Q Billiards, was convicted on Aug. 11, 2008, of the second-degree murder of Gi Hyuk Ro, 46, and the first-degree murder of Sang Bae Shin, 55. Victim Shin was not related to the defendant.

Shin shot Ro and Shin on July 8, 2004, at his billiards parlor in the 3300 block of West 8th Street in Koreatown. Shin was pronounced dead at a hospital at 4:25 p.m. Ro was pronounced dead the following day at 3:45 p.m.

Shin had come to believe he had been “cheated and deceived” by the two men when they sold him the business.

This was the second trial for Shin. He was tried earlier in the year but a mistrial was declared in March.

-- Maloy Moore

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