Vegas man gets probation in pawn-shop robbery

Posted by Neil Shouse | Oct 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Yesterday Victor Park was sentenced in Las Vegas to three years of probation for shooting 21-year-old Thomas Cola to death in 2006. Video surveillance video shows Cola entering Park's pawn shop, where Cola then stole a Cartier watch. Park shot at Cola as he ran away, killing him.

Cola had a substantial criminal record, and on the night of his shooting, he was reportedly high on cocaine and employed fake identification in order to get Park to show him the watch. Park had been robbed years earlier, during which he sustained a bullet in his head. Cola was not armed the night of this robbery.

Park was initially charged with murder for killing Cola. In June Park submitted an Alford Plea to the Nevada crime of voluntary manslaughter, which means he admitted no guilt but acknowledged the prosecution could prove murder. The judge had the discretion to impose up to 6 years in prison. For more on this story, go to:

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