- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - An 18-year-old Savannah man is heading to prison on a life sentence for using a hammer to strike a taxi driver about 15 times in the head during a robbery.

The Savannah Morning News reports (bit.ly/1UStRJj) Raymond John Worthem was sentenced on Monday after a Chatham County jury found him guilty in January of attempted murder and other crimes. Superior Court Judge Penny Haas Freesman called the case “about as bad as it gets.”

Prosecutors say Worthem was a homeless teenager in 2014 when he used a hammer to beat 58-year-old taxi driver Gordon Nash in a robbery attempt. Nash now lives in a rehabilitation care center, uses a wheelchair and must wear a protective helmet.

Worthem’s defense attorney, Robert Attridge, said he didn’t mean to cause such severe injury.

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