A Palmyra man will spend at least eight-and-a-half years behind bars, after Judge David Mobley ruled to accept a Monroe County jury's recommendation for a 10-year prison sentence, in an elder abuse case stemming from a June 5, 2016 assault that left a 74-year-old man injured from being struck several times in the face.

A Palmyra man will spend at least eight-and-a-half years behind bars, after Judge David Mobley ruled to accept a Monroe County jury's recommendation for a 10-year prison sentence, in an elder abuse case 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, of Palmyra, received the jury's guilty verdict July 20. During a sentencing assessment hearing Friday, Sept. 15, Mobley ruled to uphold the jury's recommendation Villeme's prison term. Defense attorney Andrew Garnett represented the defendant. Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton represented the state.

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 will be transported from the custody of the Marion County Sheriff's Department to the Missouri Department of Corrections to begin his sentence.

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