Chang Ho Yi found only 35 percent responsible for shooting shoplifter in face

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It's a suitably strange conclusion to a bizarre case.

Back in December 2012, we told you about a lawsuit filed by Bryson Dewberry against Chang Ho Yi, a liquor store owner who'd shot him in the face after he'd shoplifted a bottle of Grey Goose vodka.

Now, a jury has determined that Yi was only 35 percent responsible for the incident -- so Dewberry will receive nothing.

Get the weird details below.

As we've reported, the original incident took place at Austin Bluffs Plaza Liquor in the Springs on October 25, 2010.

On that evening, according to the lawsuit (obtained by the Colorado Springs Gazette), Dewberry snatched some Grey Goose and ran to car parked nearby. Yi took off after him, armed with a .357 revolver, and opened fire, striking Dewberry as he sat in the backseat of the vehicle.

The bullet traced a path from his torso to his jaw before blowing a hole through his cheek. At the time, cops said the bullet eventually wound up in the leg of a passenger, age seventeen.

Here's a look at Dewberry afterward, in an image shared by CBS4:

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Afterward, Yi didn't report the shooting: The police only learned about it after Dewberry and the teenager showed up at an area hospital and told their side of the tale.

And when investigators quizzed Yi, the Gazette reports that he claimed not to know anything about such an incident and insisted that he couldn't have taken part in it anyhow, since he didn't have a gun.

That both of these claims were false no doubt contributed to Yi's arrest on an attempted murder charge -- because the state's Make My Day law permits business owners and homeowners to shoot in self-defense, but not if they're under no personal threat and are simply protecting their property.

Once the facts of the case were shared with a grand jury, though, the El Paso District Attorney's Office decided against charging him, presumably because of the difficulty involved in winning a conviction under such muddy circumstances.

In a later interview, Yi told the Gazette he'd initially lied to the cops because he thought they were on Dewberry's side -- and besides, he'd hit his head and didn't really know what he was doing while pulling the trigger.

Continue for more about the Chang Ho Yi ruling, including additional photos.


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mahoney337
mahoney337

I dont feel bad for the shoplifter, if you are going to come in and take something thats not  yours and your not going to pay for it, then u get whats coming to you. funny thing is if that guy would have killed that clerk everyone would have been like " why didnt he fight back but when some one does everyone makes him a monster. if you take someones shit out of there house of work place expect to get shot pane as that. i would have done the some thing but i would not let him get throw the doors. its life people if you dont steel you dont get shot, EASY if its not your dont touch it and maybe you will people wouldnt have to shot other people,

merl.allen
merl.allen topcommenter

He thought the law would be on the black guy's side? Where the hell does he live?

ObamaNazi
ObamaNazi

Chang Ho Yi: 1   Trayvon Dewberry: 0

#tastetherainbow

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... another extension of Michael Robert's "Make My Day" fantasy.


       Texting Triggers Movie Theater Shooting by Retired Cop


An argument between a retired police officer and a couple who was texting inside of a Florida movie theater erupted into gunfire today that left one man dead and a woman wounded.


Police said that two couples began arguing before a showing of "Lone Survivor" over one couple's text messaging.


The shooting suspect, identified as retired Tampa police officer Curtis Reeves, 71, became annoyed when a couple sitting in front of him were texting during the movie's previews, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's office.


Police said that Reeves asked Chad and Nichole Oulson several times to stop, and then Reeves left the theater. When Reeves returned, Chad Oulson asked Reeves if he reported his phone use to the theater managers, police said. That prompted an argument which ended when Reeves pulled out a gun and shot Oulson in the chest, police said.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 "because the state's Make My Day law permits business owners and homeowners to shoot in self-defense"


Keep LYING and spewing FALSE legal information Michael -- no need for journalistic accuracy at Wasteword ... just make shit up then ignore reality and refuse to correct your bullshit.


Your children must be proud.






Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

No need. Gun owners do a good enough job making themselves look bad.

JoqLeCoqGrandeRican
JoqLeCoqGrandeRican

The lack of empathy for people in our society is pathetic. He is a man. He is OUR neighbor. He is not an "illegal". He is not a terrorist. People today act like you can't make mistakes. That you can't start life with your head up your ass and learn how appropriately remove it yourself or have the help of society do it (i.e. jail, rehab, what have you). That you steal like this once and you deserve it. Have you never felt desperate in life before? Granted, most of us would answer yes and add but never enough to rob; as we should. But fuck where is the space, where someone answers that question wrong, gets caught, pays for their crime and then can move on in life to better things. Nope, shoot him. Shoot the monkey. Shoot the degenerate. He should be dead. He is just a lazy SOB anyway. I challenge you to look at yourself. Your family. Your friends. Have there been times where there was a GIANT fuck up. What if someone fuckin shot you in the face? Where would you be now? Would you be the adult, with the experience to pass on to someone else? Would you be able to bounce back from your mistake and be a better person for the future, for OUR SOCIETY? Im just saying people...ease up on the shooting to teach people. Ease up on the quick judgement. Ease up on your fellow Coloradan, who may be struggling like you. I know those punks downtown that we think are pulling the KO stuff are making it harder. But most of these knuckleheads are kids. You know, one last thing, one personal thing. I was a giant fuck up in life, giant, like I should have been shot probably hahaha. but I was able to pull my head from my ass, after a LONG time of being a dick face in life to everyone. But now? I have a totally legit job at a tech company, graduating a from a 4 year college and I have genuinely change for the better. But I couldn't have made this change, gotten this second third fourth chance at life if someone would have agreed with me and shot me dead. I would be a tragic story instead of a success story. I am what the American dream is about. Second chances. Have a good Saturday folks. If you disagree, hopeful you respectively disagree.

Tom Spain
Tom Spain

If douche-berry wasn't stealing from the liquor store, he wouldn't have been shot. Good shooting, Yi! Should've tapped him again to ensure he didn't sue. This should serve as a lesson to morons: if you commit a crime against another person, you are accepting the risk that they may shoot your stupid ass. Sounds like a very effective deterrent to me!

Jordan Snyder
Jordan Snyder

I'm all about personal protection and not relying on police (because I've been in situations where I needed the police to protect me, and all I can say is - good luck with that) but when you get a concealed weapon permit, you learn that you can't chase someone and shoot them in the back or else it's attempted murder. Your life has to be at risk. If you think he's going to his car to get a shotgun, you might shoot him, but you better be able to prove his intention. A dude stealing a bottle of vodka (nice choice, I prefer Grey Goose also) does not make him a sub-human piece of trash. I wouldn't trust him, I wouldn't give him a high-five, but I wouldn't shoot him in the face. And I have a gun for my own personal protection but I think this is over the top. At the same time, I have absolutely no sympathy for Dewberry. Even though what he did was barely a high school prank, he can't expect to have no repercussions and he should be contemplating his own lack of maturity and responsibility rather than holding someone else responsible for his poor decisions and their consequences.

Jay Baca
Jay Baca

This is where it get's sticky- in some County's you may reside at your place of Business. I aforementioned that amendments to this law should be re evaluated not only in criminal but civil.

Jay Baca
Jay Baca

Discretion- The price of a bottle of Vodka while a snatch and run not a hold up. Not a pull the trigger choice. The perp pulls a weapon you are by law allowed to pull that trigger, not follow a thief outside of that realm and pull the trigger. A better definition and amendment to that law in CIVIL court needs to be defined.

davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

"result of the gun-down was $142,000 in medical bills for Dewberry"

which will paid by those of us who have insurance as I am pretty confident that Dewberry does not have $142K.

Blayne McMillan
Blayne McMillan

Thank you for the additional info. Misinformation is far too prevalent in "journalism" these days.

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

Don't steal and you won't get shot. How simple of a concept is that?


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 " because the state's Make My Day law permits business owners and homeowners to shoot in self-defense"


Way to spread COMPLETELY FALSE and DANGEROUS legal misinformation, jackass.


Michael Roberts + Wasteword = ALL LIES and BULLSHIT, all the time!



Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson

Another trigger-happy person making gun owners look bad. Dude, you can't shoot someone over a bottle of liquor. You are lucky the DA decided not to follow up on the charges.

Rich Madison
Rich Madison

Colorado's 'Make My Day' law does not apply to businesses as your article claims. It only applies to dwellings which are defined in the CRS as a place of habitation. CRS 18-1-704.5(2) - Use of deadly physical force against an intruder Please properly research and proofread your articles before you put them up. Thanks.

noclue2
noclue2

@ObamaNazi  Barack Hussein Obama still President of the United States America

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... perhaps your blood-lust would be better satiated if you moved to Afghanistan or Syria.


carlray
carlray

I agree although shooting for stealing that small thing is insane but I am sure that guy has learned his lession about stealing at least we can hope

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... at least not without bringing a gun to defend himself against trigger-happy store owners.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Michael Roberts = Wasteword's King of FALSE Information.


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mahoney337
mahoney337

well some one was taking his shit i would have done the same thing but i would have double taped and made sure he was good and gone. and sleep well knowing i protected my shit and my self

WillieStortz
WillieStortz

Oh he doesn't make gun owners look bad, it's hard to get a head shot on a moving target. At least he took the scumbag down.

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

Read a little further and don't be such an asshat by cherry-picking the law.  

Colorado Statutes Regarding Deadly Physical Force and Carrying

Concealed Weapons

18-1-705 Use Of Physical Force In Defense Of Premises

A person in possession or control of any building, realty, or other premises, or a person who is licensed or privileged to be thereon, is justified in using reasonable and appropriate physical force upon another person

when and to the extent that it is reasonably necessary to prevent or terminate what he reasonably believes to be the commission or attempted commission of an unlawful trespass by the other person in or upon the

building, realty, or premises. However, he may use deadly force only in defense of himself or another as described in section 18-1-704, or when he reasonably believes it necessary to prevent what he reasonably

believes to be an attempt by the trespasser to commit first-degree arson.

18-1-706 Use Of Physical Force In Defense Of Property

A person is justified in using reasonably and appropriate physical force upon another person when and to the extent that he reasonably believes it necessary to prevent what he reasonably believes to be an attempt

by the other person to commit theft, criminal mischief, or criminal tampering involving property, but he may use deadly physical force under these circumstances only in defense of himself or another as described in section 18-1-704.

stanley1
stanley1

@DonkeyHotay  You're right....in the minds of deranged pro-criminal leftfucks like you, they should have the right to steal, vandalize, and rob without fear of retaliation, repercussions, or consequences. Little pussy-ass bitch.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @davebarnes   Only a dumb-ass socialist would come up with that lame bit of reasoning donk.  How about - yet another argument for personal responsibility? 


Oh, and how is your obama-care working out for you?  A complete failure, just like the man himself. 

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @whateveryousay  Well, now you are blowing hyperbole. The dude was in the commission of a crime.  Whether or not the shooting was commensurate becomes irrelevant. Everyone will agree that some sort of action was allowed by the store owner and or the police.  It's just a matter of debate as to what level.  The law enforcement agencies that caught this case didn't think pressing charges was appropriate.  Furthermore, this is very much like shouting fire in crowded movie theatre.  If you were to do so and then get trampled by the ensuing stampede you don't have any right to sue or otherwise hold the tramplers or the movie theatre liable.  In simple terms, so you can understand, Bryson Dewberry, in effect, shouted fire (when he got caught shoplifting) and then got trampled (when he got shot in the face).  Mr. Yi cannot be held fully liable for Bryson's actions/stupidity.  Had Bryson not shoplifted he would have not been shot in the face by the person he was stealing from.  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@whateveryousay <== ignorant clueless cunt, as fucking stupid as Michael Roberts


The Colorado "Make My Day" law ONLY applies INSIDE a RESIDENCE -- not a business, not outside a residence nor outside a business.


http://highcaliberdefense.com/CourseMaterial/ColoradoMakeMyDayLaw.aspx



http://www.denverpost.com/ci_4618062


http://www.westword.com/1995-07-05/news/off-limits/


Fucking PIG-IGNORANT Wasteword reporters can't even check Wasteword's own story archives before they spew their ERRONEOUS Legal BULLSHIT.








DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@whateveryousay  <== clueless illiterate cunt


"However, he may use deadly force only in defense of himself or another as described in section 18-1-704, or when he reasonably believes it necessary to prevent what he reasonably believes to be an attempt by the trespasser to commit first-degree arson."


Read 18-1-704 you pig-ignorant fuckchop.


The "Make My Day" statute ONLY applies to INTRUDERS inside residential DWELLINGS, and then additionally requires the intruder be committing a felony inside that dwelling, and that the owner/occupant reasonably believes the intruder who is committing said felony will also use physical violence against them.


It does NOT apply to BUSINESSES, it does NOT apply OUTSIDE, it does NOT apply to vehicles.



FreeTheWeed
FreeTheWeed

stinkley1, only a deranged sociopath like you would assert that homicidal violence is an appropriate response to petty crime.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @fishingblues @davebarnes Is that how you define "mandatory universal health care"?

You no doubt just love having the government tell you what to do.  How else would you know when to wipe your ass?

Personally, I have a problem with the term "mandatory".

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@whateveryousay "The dude was in the commission of a crime.  Whether or not the shooting was commensurate becomes irrelevant."


So why not shoot ALL suspected criminals, including teenage shoplifters?



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@whateveryousay ... does it hurt to be such a Clueless Ignorant Cunt ??


Well, does it ??



Colorado lawmakers shoot down 'Make My Day' law for business

Business owners, holster those guns: Colorado’s "Make My Day" law still does not apply to the state’s workplaces.

For the fifth consecutive year, a legislative committee defeated an attempt Monday to broaden the homeowner self-defense protections to places of business. This time, it was the House Judiciary Committee that shot down House Bill 1094, sponsored by Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, by a vote of 6-5.

The Make My Day law, passed in 1985, gives homeowners immunity from prosecution if they use deadly force on an intruder who has entered their dwelling place illegally and who they believe could use physical force against them.

Gardner, the House sponsor of the four previous iterations of HB 1094 as well, said that he wanted to extend that protection to business owners, managers and employees.

But opponents said the bill was written so broadly that it could allow trigger-happy business owners to kill a shoplifter who had re-entered the store and who pushed an employee on the way out.

Wheat Ridge Police Chief Dan Brennan said residents could misinterpret the law and open fire on anyone they’ve told to leave a business, and Mark Randall, legislative director for the Colorado District Attorneys Council, said the law might even be claimed by drug dealers.

“We feel that it goes too far,” said Brennan, second vice president of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police.


Despite the fact that he called the measure a business-protection bill, Gardner also did not offer any witnesses from the business community to say that it was needed.

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @whateveryousay  Put down the pipe and read the following.  Then explain how it does not apply as you assert. Asshat.


18-1-705 Use Of Physical Force In Defense Of Premises

A person in possession or control of any building, realty, or other premises, or a person who is licensed or privileged to be thereon, is justified in using reasonable and appropriate physical force upon another person

when and to the extent that it is reasonably necessary to prevent or terminate what he reasonably believes to be the commission or attempted commission of an unlawful trespass by the other person in or upon the

building, realty, or premises. However, he may use deadly force only in defense of himself or another as described in section 18-1-704, or when he reasonably believes it necessary to prevent what he reasonably

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@whateveryousay  ... only an ignorant cunt like you -- and Michael Roberts -- would falsely assert that the Colorado "Make My Day" statute CRS 18-1-704 applies to businesses.



whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Pig-ignorant cunts? Let's keep your mom and wife out of this and stay on topic.  You stated the law only applies to residences and it does not. You sir are still an asshat.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@whateveryousay ... why are you a know-nothing ignorant cunt?


Does it hurt to be so fucking stupid?



whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @whateveryousay Then why aren't there any charges against Yi? Why did the civil court that thieving dude nothing?  Armchair lawyering doesn't mean a thing.  

mahoney337
mahoney337

@whateveryousay @DonkeyHotay no that would be stand your ground law. it has to be a harmful threat to the person not there stuff look up the law. Your wrong maybe in some states you would be right but in CO that is not the case.

mahoney337
mahoney337

@DonkeyHotay @whateveryousay donkey boy sounds really dumb. most of the left like him have their head way to far up there ass they have no idea whats going on in the real world. donkey should have finished 5th grade, but if you call your self a jackass then i guess everyone should maybe he cant read and is just going off what he has be told it says so that's what he believes. YOUR WRONG and really miss informed on alot of thing 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@mahoney337 "YOUR [sic] WRONG and really miss  [sic] informed on alot [sic] of thing [sic]"


Epic Retard Fail!


That's nearly a record for the number of stupid errors in a single sentence.


Priceless!

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