Man gets 70 years for beating 80-year-old blind

Doan pleaded guilty to burglary and robbery resulting in bodily injury

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A Fort Wayne man has been sentenced to 70 years in prison for an attack that left an 80-year-old woman blind.

Zachery A. Doan pleaded guilty to burglary resulting in bodily injury and robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, both class A felonies, earlier in July. He was sentenced on Friday.

According to an affidavit for probable cause, Doan, then 19, knocked on the door of the victim’s home in the 4300-block of Springhill Drive on Monday, March 10 around 6:30 p.m. Doan had just left his aunt and uncle’s home next door.

The victim told police that Doan asked to use her bathroom. She said she was reluctant to let him in, but knew he was her neighbor’s nephew so she allowed him to come inside. Doan then asked for a gas can because he said he ran out of gas. The victim gave Doan a gas can and he left. She told police she locked the door immediately after Doan left.

Police said a short time later, Doan came back to the victim’s home and knocked on the front door again. He told the victim the gas can was broken and asked if he could come in and use her phone. The victim would not let Doan inside and told him to go next door and use his aunt and uncle’s phone.

She told police Doan then began pounding on her door and asking her for a ride. She refused to give him a ride and said Doan stood outside staring at her through a window for a few minutes before leaving again.

At around 9 p.m. that night, the victim told police she heard a loud boom and then saw Doan coming at her though her kitchen. Doan allegedly punched the victim multiple times in the face and head.

The victim told police she blacked out from the pain and woke up in her bedroom without knowing how she got there. She ran outside to her front porch and began screaming for help.

Her neighbors called police after hearing her screams. They told police the victim’s eye was swollen shut and she was covered in blood. Her nose was also severely lacerated.

Police said the victim’s purse, which had her cell phone and credit cards in it, along with $100 in cash, was missing from her house. Her purse was later found by a passerby in the 7500-block of Ideal Avenue.

During the investigation, police determined Doan broke through the back door of the victim’s home. Doan also took the back porch light out.

The next day, police saw Doan walking on Broadway, near Huestis Avenue, and stopped him. Police said the fingerprints from the crime scene matched Doan’s fingerprints. Doan was arrested and charged with aggravated battery, robbery, and burglary.

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