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Md. man sentenced in hammer attack on his mother

Friday - 12/21/2012, 3:37am  ET

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Cape St. Claire man has been sentenced to six years in prison for repeatedly striking his mother in the head with a hammer, fracturing her skull.

Thirty-four-year-old Robert Benscoter had pleaded guilty to attempted second- degree murder. He was sentenced on Tuesday.

Prosecutors say on March 20, Benscoter hit his 61-year-old mother several times with a hammer. She was able to escape to a neighbor's house and call police.

The Capital of Annapolis reports ( http://bit.ly/Uc1Gnx) that Benscoter apologized in court, saying he would never forgive himself. His mother did not attend the sentencing.

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Information from: The Capital of Annapolis, Md., http://capitalgazette.com


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