- Associated Press - Saturday, January 31, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) - A 20-year-old Springfield man will spend up to five years in prison for beating a 51-year-old woman after demanding she give him cigarettes and beer.

The Register Guard reports (https://bit.ly/1wJTKtd ) Justin Ray Brink pleaded guilty Friday to third-degree assault and third-degree robbery.

Investigators say Brink and a 15-year-old accomplice punched the woman and knocked her to the ground on Dec. 23. The two demanded alcohol and cigarettes after they saw her carrying a bag of groceries from a nearby market.

After the assault, Brink and his accomplice fled the scene. The woman was treated at a hospital for head and facial injuries.

The victim did not know her attackers, but she helped police identify them three days later.

Brink’s teen accomplice, Nico Courtier, will make a court appearance next week.

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