- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A Worcester woman has been convicted of following a disabled woman and then assaulting and robbing her of $400 in lottery winnings.

Wendy LaPorte was sentenced Wednesday to up to five years behind bars after a Worcester Superior Court jury found her guilty of armed robbery while masked and assault and battery on an elderly or disabled person.

Prosecutors say the 41-year-old LaPorte and Sayed McKenzie saw the 48-year-old victim with cerebral palsy cash in a $400 lottery scratch-off ticket at a gas station in February 2014.

They followed the victim and her mother to the parking lot of a nearby apartment complex, where the attack and robbery occurred.

McKenzie previously pleaded guilty to the same charges and was sentenced to up to 12 years in prison.

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