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Man sentenced for robbing, beating woman who provided ride

A 19-year-old man accused of robbing and beating a woman after she agreed to give him and a teenage girl a ride has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

William Joseph Dexter pleaded no contest in September to robbery with great bodily injury, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release. He was sentenced Friday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Richard Couzens.

On July 2, a 73-year-old woman was at the Raley’s supermarket at Marconi and Watt avenues when she was approached in the parking lot by a teenage girl who asked for a ride to her grandfather’s house. The woman agreed, but said she needed to pick up a prescription first.

When the woman returned to the parking lot, Dexter had joined the girl. The woman drove the two through several nearby neighborhoods because of confusing directions Dexter and the girl provided. They also asked her to drive them to multiple houses.

The drive ended after Dexter struck the woman with a crowbar on the head, arm and hand. When the woman crashed her car, they stole her phone and ran.

A neighborhood resident chased the two, following them to Del Paso Manor Elementary School, where they were arrested by a sheriff’s deputy.

The woman suffered head injuries requiring 13 staples and a serious hand injury.

The girl, who was 16 at the time, was booked into Sacramento County juvenile hall. Her name was not released because of her age.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy