A man accused of severely beating a disabled veteran with a brick during a robbery was convicted Monday of first-degree robbery and second-degree assault, according to the Anchorage district attorney.
Jerry Blueford Jr., 25, is facing up to 13 years in prison in connection with the attack that took place on Aug. 27, 2008.
According to prosecutors, Talkeetna resident Joseph Pride, a U.S. Marine on disability, was in Anchorage to visit with a friend when Blueford and two others confronted him.
Pride tried to ignore his aggressor and leave in his car, but instead, Blueford and two friends grabbed Pride from behind and began attacking him, prosecutors said. They fractured Pride’s skull when they hit him in the back of the head with a brick, then stole his wallet, prosecutors said.
Blueford is scheduled to be sentenced in July.
— Anchorage Daily News