EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A Snohomish County judge sentenced a Lynnwood man to more than 12 years in prison for the violent robbery of a 91-year-old man at a gas station.
Patrick Hartness punched Harold Caywood during the robbery and left him bleeding. Caywood died several weeks later. A medical examiner could not say whether Caywood died because of injuries suffered during the August robbery because he had pre-existing conditions.
Still, prosecutors sought a long sentence and judge agreed Monday.
The Everett Herald (http://bit.ly/WoUZ2q) reports that the 12-year sentence is about two years less than the low-end sentence for a second-degree murder conviction and about three times longer than a standard range sentence for first-degree robbery.
Hartness' attorney Will Steffener said his client was high on heroin at the time of the robbery.