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Man sentenced to nearly 7 years for attacking elderly good Samaritan

Ryan Crow, 28, was sentenced last week in Sacramento Superior Court to nearly seven years in prison for attacking and robbing an elderly good Samaritan, officials said.

In the September 2014 attack, an 87-year-old man drove two apparently homeless people, Crow and Rebecca Smith, to a restaurant to buy them some food, according to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. Crow and Smith then asked the man to drive them to an apartment complex on Eleanor Avenue in North Sacramento.

When the victim asked Crow and Smith to leave his vehicle, Crow grabbed his head and pinned him against the car seat, prosecutors said. Crow and Smith then stole $1,600 in cash and left the victim with a bloody mouth and large scratch on his chest, prosecutors said.

The unidentified victim survived the attack.

Crow was sentenced Friday to serve six years eight months in prison. He pleaded no contest in September to robbery in the September 2014 attack, as well as vehicle theft stemming from his February arrest while driving a stolen car, said Shelly Orio, spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office.

Crow had an extensive criminal history, court records show. They include three felony vehicle thefts, felony drug possession, driving under the influence and resisting a police officer.

Smith pleaded no contest to robbery in January and was sentenced to 364 days in county jail.

Richard Chang: 916-321-1018, @RichardYChang