POMONA (CNS) – A 25-year-old man was sentenced today to seven years in state prison for breaking into his 82-year-old grandfather’s Pomona home and beating the octogenarian.
Sammeon Christian Waller pleaded no contest Nov. 16 to one felony count each of elder abuse and first-degree burglary with a person present.
Police were sent June 9 to the victim’s home for a welfare check because he had not been seen or heard from in several days. Pomona police Sgt. Brian Hagerty said arriving officers “found the rear window of the residence smashed in and moaning sounds coming from inside the residence.”
The senior had suffered significant injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment, according to Deputy District Attorney Sandra Jimenez.
Waller was taken into custody nine days later in Sacramento and has remained behind bars since then.