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22 Year Old Sentenced for "Cowardly and Despicable Crime"

District Attorney Jan Scully recently announced that the Honorable Delbert Oros sentenced 22- year-old Joseph Gannon to 15 years in state prison.

On December 5, 2013, Gannon pled 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.

The morning of April 7, 2013, Gannon entered the home of a 68-year-old woman he knew while she slept. During the burglary, the victim woke up, saw Gannon, and ultimately recognized him to be the son of her former friend. Gannon then beat her with his fists and her cane while she laid in bed, causing head trauma, multiple lacerations, and fractures to her cheekbone and jaw. The victim required jaw surgery and suffered other permanent injuries.

Gannon fled the victim'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 victim's credit card to make purchases.

Deputy District Attorney Caryn Dubke stated, "The defendant targeted someone he knew and thought would sleep through the burglary. This senseless beating robbed the victim of her independence and left her depressed, disfigured, and terrified. Today's sentence is appropriate for this cowardly and despicable crime against an elderly member of our community."