Jury recommends 10-year prison sentence; sentencing set for Sept. 15

A Monroe County jury found a Palmyra man guilty of the Class A felony of first-degree felony elder abuse stemming from a June 5, 2016 assault that left a 74-year-old man injured from being struck several times in the face.

Anthony R. Villeme, 43, of Palmyra, received the verdict Thursday, July 20, in the Monroe County Courthouse, before Judge David C. Mobley. Defense attorney Andrew Garnett represented Villeme. Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton represented the state. On the second day of the trial, the jury reached a guilty verdict, recommending a 10-year prison sentence for Villeme, but that sentence is not finalized. The sentencing hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15.

Villeme was initially charged with the Class C felony of second-degree assault. That charge was replaced with the Class A felony of first-degree elder abuse.

“Upon receipt of medical records of the victim, it is clear that [the victim] was seriously injured in an altercation with the defendant. The allegation is that Villeme, who 43 years of age, is 6 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds, struck the 74-year-old victim several times in the face,” Clayton said.

Villeme remains incarcerated in the Marion County Jail with a hold from the Department of Corrections.

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