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Liquor License Yanked From Man Who Sold Alcohol To Minor

9:09 AM, May 13, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Andrea McCarren reports that more than 15 months after we first exposed Richard Kim and his Town Square Market in NW DC for selling alcohol to minors, DC's alcohol control board (ABRA) has taken the unprecedented step of reversing course and has quietly yanked his liquor license. 

We will have that the story on this update at 5 p.m.

In June 2012,  a D.C. Superior Court judge sentenced Richard Kim, to a 30 day suspended jail sentence, a $550 fine, 24 months of unsupervised probation and 20 hours of community service.

Kim sold beer and vodka to a 17-year-old high school student. Police witnessed the transaction in February and arrested the teenager and Kim minutes later.

The teenager who purchased alcohol at Town Square Market used an expired Pennsylvania driver's license of an acquaintance who looked nothing like him. The ID also had two holes punched in it, something the judge said should have been a "red flag."

Kim said in court in June that he regretted even opening the store and that he would like to sell his store as soon as possible.

In November 2012, ABRA announced that it would renew the liquor license of Town Square Market, despite the store owner's conviction for selling to a minor and despite the neighborhood advisory commission petitioning against it.

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