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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- A Springfield man has been sentenced to eight to 10 years in prison for using a five-foot long piece of wood to severely beat and rob a food delivery person.
Manuel Morales' defense lawyer said at the sentencing on Thursday in Hampden Superior Court that his client regrets the attack.
Authorities said the 34-year-old Morales attacked the victim in July 2007 while he was delivering Chinese food. The man's skull was fractured and his wife said in a victim impact statement that her husband's personality has changed since the incident. She said he gets angry at simple things, is unable to formulate answers, and suffers from depression and severe headaches.
Prosecutors had asked for a 10- to 12-year sentence, while the defense asked for five.
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