Man gets 18-25 years in home invasion beating of 92-year-old


SPRINGFIELD, MASS. >> A Springfield man has been sentenced to serve 18 to 25 years behind bars after admitting to charges that he broke into a home in November, beat a 92-year-old man and threatened his 82-year-old wife.

Patrick Donovan was sentenced on Tuesday in Springfield after pleading guilty to more than a dozen charges, including home invasion, armed burglary, and armed assault with intent to rob a person over 60.

The sentence includes a decade of probation.

Prosecutors say the elderly man was attacked in his kitchen and suffered injuries, including a fractured jaw, concussion and injuries to the larynx.

Defense lawyer Nicholas Horgan had asked for a 10-year sentence, saying Donovan had multiple drug addictions at the time.

Donovan apologized in court saying he wishes he "could take it back."


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