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Man sentenced after breaking into 99-year-old woman’s home

July 10, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man who broke into the West Valley City home of a then 99-year-old grandmother last year has been sentenced five years to life in prison for aggravated burglary and other crimes.

The Deseret News reports a judge sentenced 19-year-old Freddy Velasquez on Tuesday.

Police have said Velasquez broke into the home of Doris Wasden last February and pulled her from her bed before demanding her car keys. Prosecutors said he stole her car and led police on a brief chase before they arrested him in front of a nearby hotel.

Velasquez apologized to Wasden and her family during Tuesday’s hearing.

Wasden is now 101 and says she has forgiven Velasquez. She says he should serve some time in prison, but she doesn’t believe a long sentence is necessary.

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