Owner of Vegas Pawn Shop Given Probation After Shooting Unarmed Watch Thief

October 15 2014
by GSL Staff
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The owner of a Las Vegas pawn shop feels vindicated after being given three years probation after shooting and killing an unarmed thief who attempted to steal a Cartier watch from his shop back in 2006.

According to the Review Journal,

Thomas Cola was high on cocaine and used a fake ID to get Park to pull out a $1,300 Cartier watch from a display case, defense lawyer Louis Palazzo said in court.

“It’s not Mr. Park’s fault,” he told the judge.

After Park pulled out the watch, the 21-year-old with a history of criminal convictions snatched it and tried to flee Sahara Pawn, at Sahara Avenue and Jones Boulevard.

But when the magnetized door wouldn’t budge, Thomas Cola turned back toward Park in a “menacing manner,” Palazzo said. The 65-year-old, who was shot in the head during an armed robbery years early, fired at Thomas Cola as he busted through the door and ran. Cola later died. He was unarmed.

Park entered an Alford Plea for manslaughter which means he acknowledged that the case against him could be proven, but he did not admit guilt. The plea meant prosecutors would drop the murder charge they were previously seeking.

As long as Park stays out of trouble for three years the incident will be considered closed. However, Park will now be a convicted felon for the rest of his life and will no longer be able to own firearms for the protection of himself and his family.

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