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Originally published January 28, 2013 at 9:38 PM | Page modified January 28, 2013 at 11:18 PM

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12 years in prison for WA man in violent robbery

A Snohomish County judge sentenced a Lynnwood man to more than 12 years in prison for the violent robbery of a 91-year-old man at a gas station.

The Associated Press

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EVERETT, Wash. —

A Snohomish County judge sentenced a Lynnwood man to more than 12 years in prison for the violent robbery of a 91-year-old man at a gas station.

Patrick Hartness punched Harold Caywood during the robbery and left him bleeding. Caywood died several weeks later. A medical examiner could not say whether Caywood died because of injuries suffered during the August robbery because he had pre-existing conditions.

Still, prosecutors sought a long sentence and judge agreed Monday.

The Everett Herald (http://bit.ly/WoUZ2q) reports that the 12-year sentence is about two years less than the low-end sentence for a second-degree murder conviction and about three times longer than a standard range sentence for first-degree robbery.

Hartness' attorney Will Steffener said his client was high on heroin at the time of the robbery.

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