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A convenience store owner in Spanaway, Washington was sentenced to eight years in prison after shooting and killing a thief in his store. This came just one month after the owner’s wife also had a struggle in the store and was shot by an armed robber.

Min Kim was in tears as he told the judge that he accepts responsibility for what he did. He also apologized for his actions, and killing Jakeel Mason.

It is sad that Mason died, but that he was also a criminal. Given the circumstances, anyone store or homeowner would have done the same. In my personal opinion, Kim should not be going to prison at all. He simply used his rights to  protect what was his. If Mason had not been break the law and acting like a thug, then Kim wouldn’t have ever shot.

Komo News reports:

In March 2016, Mason was a shoplifting suspect at Kim’s Pacific Quick Shop and was trying to flee from the store, when he was shot in the back.

The fatal shooting came one month after Kim’s wife, Seul Lim, was wounded by an armed would-be robber when she and the suspect exchanged gunfire. Those robbery suspects were caught.

Then a month later, Kim was the one dealing with people trying to steal from his store. He told KOMO News back then it was a struggle for his gun and he shot the suspect in self defense.

“I was down and he was on top of me and he was trying to reach my gun,” Min Kim said in a March 26, 2016 interview.

But, the prosecutor said the video showed a suspect who was unarmed and hands up. After a brief scuffle, the suspect tried to get away, that’s when Kim fired shots.

“I did not have the right to take Mr. Mason’s life or anyone else’s life,” Min Kim said in court on Friday. “I feel terrible that I did so and will have to live with that for the rest of my life.”

His wife said the earlier assault on her had been weighing heavily on him.


After the hearing, his wife asked the judge if she could write a letter to the family to apologize and her request was granted.

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