Man who brutally beat WWII vet sentenced to 50 years

A West Virginia man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison
after a horrific home invasion in Mercer County, where an
elderly veteran was brutally beaten.

The judge in the case told 35-year-old Joshua Short during
sentencing:  “I’m going to take away as much of your life as I
can so you can never do this again…I’m searching for a word
that describes what you’ve done. The word that comes to mind
is despicable.”
Man who brutally beat WWII vet sentenced to 50 years
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In September, Short pleaded guilty to two charges of robbery first degree,
a felony carrying a sentence of up to 25 years in prison.

Short and his accomplice “forced their way” into 89-year-old Richard
Holcomb ‘s Bluefield home on Oct. 16, 2014.

“They went through my house, stole money, a .38 automatic, and my wife’
s jewelry box. On their way out, I thought they would shoot me,” Holcomb
said. His attackers were armed with a .22-caliber pistol. Holcomb added,
“they must have thought I was dead.”

Now 90 years old, the World War II Navy vet –who served both in the
Atlantic and Pacific Oceans–is still suffering from the injuries. He had 12
to 15 broken ribs when it was all over.
Man who brutally beat WWII vet sentenced to 50 years