- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

ELKADER, Iowa (AP) - A 25-year-old Pella man accused of trying to kill his mother at her Elkader (ehl-KAYE’-dur) home has been given 45 years in prison.

Brandon Thoma was sentenced Tuesday. Thoma pleaded guilty to attempted murder, burglary, theft, and assault on a jailer. Police say he broke into Theresa Thoma’s home Nov. 10, punched and kicked her, pushed her down a flight of stairs and attempted to choke her with a shovel.

Her husband returned from work several hours later and found her badly injured. Rory Thoma says she still requires therapy in recovering from her injuries.

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