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Posted at 7:32 AM ET, 12/ 6/2010

Va. jury wants 30 years after attack

By the Richmond Times-Dispatch

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.

The Louisa County jury on Friday found 20-year-old Remone Houchens guilty of burglary, robbery and aggravated malicious wounding in the May 22 attack on Lois Rosson.

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.

By the Richmond Times-Dispatch  | December 6, 2010; 7:32 AM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Virginia  
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Well, he fell through the door while fleeing gang members. That's logical, I suppose. Then the old lady came up and kept hitting his fist with her head as he tried to get her to stop. Then to make up for trying to head butt him, the kindly old good-heart gave him a gun to protect himself. Sounds good to me.

Posted by: wjc1va | December 6, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: 10bestfan | December 6, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

I just can't for the life of me figure out why these young guys beat up totally defenseless old women. I mean, what kind of person does something like this? Women this old are very fragile and most can be blown over like a feather. He deserves the chair.

Posted by: jhnsnrt | December 6, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

This man is NOT THE ONE WHO ACTUALLY COMMITTED THIS OFFENSE BUT he cannot go to jail as a snitch and has not been able to say who did it. This is a great injustice because there are many questions about it that remain unanswered, like how did he know there was anything of value there. Answer: her white grandson was the mastermind and perpetrator of this crime and he remains free to this very day. This young man was sadly tried and convicted in the media for this crime, he did not commit but is unable to talk about it because of the consequences of being a snitch in jail which he knew he would be for breaking and entering this white woman's home in the historically, racist county that Louisa has always been. I knew from the very first story that this wrongful conviction of this young black man was inevitable and her white grandson is home free without a single word printed in the white media about his involvement in this heinous crime against his own grandmother. Neither of these young men had ever even been his grandmother's home or knew anything about its contents until her grandson planned this break-in and committed this heinous act. Many people in this county are aware of her grandson's drug usage and hanging partners but these two young black men were scapegoated, railroaded, media convicted for beatihg the grandmother and neither of them participated the beating. THIS IS A GREAT INJUSTICE!!!!

Posted by: hotezzy | December 6, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

The old "fell through her front door while fleeing gang members" defense didn't work? Thoroughly shocking...

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | December 6, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

@HOTEZZY...Must be smoking something to say a guy can't testify he is innocent because he will be labeled a he chooses to do 30years??? I'm not doing 30yrs for anybody...
Call me a snitch...I would rather deal with guys on the street than do someone else's time...

Posted by: pentagon40 | December 6, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

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