Springfield man sentenced for 2014 armed home invasion

Patrick Donovan pleaded guilty to assaulting an elderly couple

File - This is a photo of Patrick Donovan, 19, of Springfield, when he was arrested for breaking into a home on Belmont Avenue and beating an elderly man who lived inside.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A man from Springfield was sentenced to state prison on Tuesday after pleading guilty to multiple charges which accused him of assaulting a 92-year-old man and his 82-year-old wife on Election Day in 2014.

According to Jim Leydon of the Hampden District Attorney’s Office, Patrick Donovan, who was 19-years-old at the time of the assault, was sentenced to 18-25 years in state prison and 10 years’ probation.

22News first reported about this case in November of 2014, when Donovan was arrested for attacking the elderly man with a “stick like object.”

On November 4, 2014, the elderly man woke up early to make his wife coffee before she went to work at one of the polling stations. When he went into the kitchen, Leydon said Donavan attacked him from behind, and punched, kicked and hit him with a “stick like object” while on the ground.

Leyden said the wife heard the commotion, and walked into the kitchen when Donavan threatened her by saying he had a gun and demanded money. The husband at this time was lying on the kitchen floor covered in blood and unable to speak.

After the wife told Donavan they didn’t have any money, he left the house. Donavon was later arrested by Springfield Police.

Hampden DA Anthony Gulluni stated, “Crimes committed against elderly persons are particularly heinous and incomprehensible to most of us. I hope this sentence sends a message to those who wish to victimize elders; you will be prosecuted aggressively and without repentance in cases involving elder abuse.”

Leydon said Donovan pleaded guilty to 2 indictments and 13 counts that included home invasion, armed burglary, breaking and entering in the nighttime, strangulation, armed assault with intent to rob, and multiple counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a person over 60.

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