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Man who beat woman during burglary headed to prison

Published: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 - 7:27 pm

A man has been sentenced to 15 years in state prison for assaulting a 68-year-old woman while burglarizing her home.

Joseph Gannon, 22, pleaded no contest in Sacramento County Superior Court in December to multiple felony charges, including first-degree residential burglary, assault on an elder adult causing great bodily injury, second-degree burglary and two counts of identity theft. Gannon also admitted a prior first-degree residential burglary conviction from 2009, a strike under the Three Strikes Law, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

Gannon was sentenced Friday by Superior Court Judge Delbert Oros.

On the morning of April 7, 2013, Gannon entered the home of a woman he knew while she slept. During the burglary, the woman woke up, saw Gannon and recognized him as the son of her former friend. Gannon then beat her with his fists and her cane while she lay in bed, causing head trauma, cuts, and fractures to her cheekbone and jaw. The woman required jaw surgery and suffered other permanent injuries, officials said.

Gannon left the woman’s home with two rifles, her purse, cash, jewelry and other items. A short time later, he was captured on surveillance video in two Placer County businesses using the woman’s credit card to make purchases.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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