- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A 27-year-old Billings man has been sentenced to 10 years with the Department of Corrections, with five suspended, for a brutal attack in which an elderly veteran was beaten, burned and robbed.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1OVHWRG ) District Judge Michael Moses sentenced Adam Scott Nelson on Thursday for breaking into a house in December 2013, beating a man and pouring fluid on his back and setting it on fire. Nelson fled after taking $180.

Nelson pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, robbery and attempted arson. An aggravated assault charge was dismissed.

Public defender Gregory Paskell said Nelson’s crimes were the act of a desperate and unthinking man. The victim’s family said they felt Nelson got off too easily.

The victim had previously allowed Nelson and his mother to live with him because they were homeless.


Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com

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