Man Convicted of Attempted Manslaughter

July 28, 2011

ADA Seth Steward, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1014
Erica Terry Derryck, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167


SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Julius Joel Lee, (DOB: 5-5-81, CN 10024501), was convicted of attempted manslaughter. The conviction came after a three week trial in San Francisco Superior Court Department 25 before the Honorable Anne-Christine Massullo.

“This defendant viciously and violently attacked the victim in this case. This conviction hopefully gives some level of closure to the victim,” said District Attorney George Gascón. "Assistant District Attorney Nancy Tung and District Attorney Investigator Jimmy Posada did an excellent job bringing this defendant to justice.”

On Monday, July 25, 2011, the jury found the defendant guilty of one count of attempted manslaughter with a knife in violation of California Penal Code Section 664/192, one count of attempted aggravated mayhem in violation of California Penal Code Section 664/205, two counts of felony domestic violence in violation of California Penal Code Section 273.5(a), one count of assault with a deadly weapon in violation of California Penal Code Section 245(a)(1), one count of assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury in violation of California Penal Code Section 245(a)(1) and one count of criminal threats in violation of California Penal Code Section 422.

According to the evidence presented at trial, on August 16, 2010, the victim, Lou Thomas, went with friends to a club where defendant Lee was working as a bouncer. The victim is the mother of the defendant’s two year old daughter. The victim and defendant Lee had a verbal argument outside of the club after closing, which culminated in the defendant punching the victim in the face. The victim left with a friend and went to the defendant’s home to get ice for her eye, which had begun to swell. The victim was unable to enter the home and sat in her car with the windows down. A short time later, the defendant walked out of his home toward the victim armed with a butcher knife with an 8" blade and 5" handle and said “I’m going to kill you.” He then stabbed her through the open window of her car in the arm and face. During the attack, the victim’s friend escaped from the car and called 911. The victim was able to fight back and grabbed Lee’s hand with the knife, which he then dropped when police arrived. Defendant Lee ran back inside his house but eventually gave himself up. The knife was recovered under the car and the victim did not suffer life threatening injuries.

The case was continued to Tuesday, August 24, 2011 in Department 25 at 9:00 a.m. to set a sentencing date. The defendant faces a maximum sentence of eleven years in state prison. Assistant District Attorney Nancy Tung prosecuted the case. Jimmy Posada was the District Attorney Investigator assigned to the case.