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Man sentenced to 17 years in prison for attack on 70-year-old stroke victim

A man convicted of elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon in an attack on a 70-year-old relative has been sentenced to 17 years in state prison.

Michael Diaz, 41, was sentenced Friday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Lawrence Brown, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

On July 28, 2014, Diaz attacked his 70-year-old relative, who is partially paralyzed from a stroke. He grabbed her out of her wheelchair, threw her to the ground, pulled her hair and smashed her head on the ground, authorities said. When Diaz’s disabled brother attempted to come to the victim’s aid, Diaz assaulted his brother with a deadly weapon.

Diaz has numerous prior felony convictions for offenses, including false imprisonment, unlawful sexual intercourse, assault with a firearm, possession of a deadly weapon and multiple vehicle thefts. He also has several misdemeanor convictions, including multiple domestic violence batteries, corporal injury to a dating partner, possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance.

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