Va. jury wants 30 years after attack
A Virginia jury has recommended 30 years in prison for a man convicted of breaking into an 87-year-old woman's home and beating her so badly she was blinded in one eye.
He could have faced a life sentence.
Prosecutors said Houchens broke into the home, punched Rosson repeatedly and stole a gun. Rosson was hospitalized for several days with broken bones in her face.
In June, Houchens had said he went into Rosson's home because he needed money. He also said he "fell through" the victim's front door while trying to flee from gang members.
Formal sentencing is scheduled Feb. 14.
the Richmond Times-Dispatch
| December 6, 2010; 7:32 AM ET
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