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Teen gets 20 years for beating elderly man

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FORT WORTH, Texas -

A judge gave a teenager 20 years behind bars for violently beating and robbing an elderly man.

Henry Moore is 85 years old now. He has worked in some sort of job since he was 16. But he doesn't work now largely because of an assault two years ago.

Prosecutors said surveillance video from the incident shows 19-year-old Trenton Deshaun McCuin dressed in black. He had just told his friends he was going to attack Moore.

When the elderly man started to get in his car, that's exactly what prosecutors said he did.

"This guy run up there and he grabbed the door and the only thing I remember, he said give me your money. I looked around. He had a thing over his face and he snatched me out. I fell down on the floor and that's the only thing I remember," Moore said.

The beating was violent. The video shows McCuin's hitting Moore over and over until he was left with bruises, cuts and an injured neck.

"I was bleeding out of my mouth. I was all covered in blood up there," Moore said.

McCuin was finally sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison.

"The predatory nature of the defendant and his behavior and the fact that he targeted one of the weakest members of our society, an elderly person," said Tarrant County Prosecutor Lloyd Whelcher.

Prosecutors said it was the brutality of the video that had the most impact. At one point he stops the attack and steps toward a dumpster. Prosecutors said he was going for a woman was yelling and pleading for him to stop.

"Even as a juvenile he did have some assaultive history, so certainly he was building his way to committing even more violent crimes," Whelcher said.

Moore said the sentence is good, but not even close to what he wanted.

"I'd like to see him stay in there until he gets as old as I is," he said.

The former military contractor and school crossing guard only does odd jobs around his daughter's house now. He admits he doesn't have the same get up and go he had before the attack.

What troubles him the most is why he was a target.

"I wouldn't think that I had an enemy in the world," he said. "I ain't never bothered nobody. Ain't never did nothing to nobody and then this guy comes up here and do something like that to me."

 

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