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Store owner sentenced to 8 years in prison for killing shoplifter

By Mason White 12:52 PM June 27, 2017
Jakeel Rashon Mason
Jakeel Rashon Mason
By: Alexis Bell

(Scroll down for video) A man who worked at his family’s convenience store, was sentenced to 8 years in prison for killing a convicted felon who tried to steal items.

31-year-old Min Sik Kim and his wife worked at the Pacific Quick Shop in Spanaway, Washington, when his wife was shot by an armed robber.

She was injured, but survived. The armed robber in that case was apprehended. The family then bought a gun to protect themselves.

Just one month after his wife was shot, another man came into the store and stole cigarettes. Kim said that he felt threatened as it seemed to him as though the man was trying to steal his gun.

Police however, said that surveillance videos showed 21-year-old Jakeel Rashon Mason, who has a long criminal record, including trying to kidnap a 6-year-old girl, stealing cigarettes.

When Kim spotted the would-be thief, he punched him in the face. Officials said that as Mason tried to leave, and Kim shot him to death.

Kim had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Kim and his family members sobbed as Pierce County Superior Court Judge John Hickman sentenced him to 8 years in prison.

In 2014, Mason and another man kidnapped 6-year-old Savanna Norman, as she was crossing the street to her home.

She kicked and screamed, causing the attackers to let go of her. Mason was arrested and charged with unlawful imprisonment.

Sadly, he was given a short prison sentence and in 2016, he was out of prison and he went back to his life of crime until he was killed by Kim while trying to shoplift.

Kim has no criminal record, he is married, and has a seven-year-old son.