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A Pine handyman will spend 10 years in prison after a judge sentenced him last week for beating a teen with a frying pan.
Superior Court Judge Peter Cahill’s sentencing comes after a jury in January found Randy Alen Zimmer, 55, guilty on five counts, including aggravated assault with a dangerous instrument — a frying pan and aggravated assault against a child.
After only a few minutes of deliberation, a jury found Zimmer had assaulted a 14-year-old boy in January 2011 along with his mother and her friend.
They heard from prosecutors that Zimmer followed the group to a home where he confronted them in the entryway.
In an effort to defend his friend, the teen grabbed a frying pan and hit Zimmer. Zimmer, however, got a hold of the pan and used it on the teen, hitting him in the back of the head and then kicking him when he fell to the floor, according to court documents.
Before his sentencing, Zimmer, the father of four children, professed his innocence to a probation officer.
In a written statement, he said: “Yes that I am inencent (sic) and did not do this offense nor hit or kick anyone ‘I swear to God Im inencent’ I don’t deseaver (sic) to go to prison for something I did not do!! And I deseavre a fair trial unlike the one I had!!!!”
Deputy Probation Officer Kathy Joerns wrote that while Zimmer felt the system had failed him, his conduct in the offense “depicts one who has no concern for the well-being of others and is a threat to any person who encounters him, particularly the youth.”
Zimmer has a history of misdemeanor offenses, according to court records.
“With the defendant’s past criminal record, his anti-social behavior and the victimization of citizens in our community, it is quite apparent this defendant has significant issues in relation to societal norms,” Joerns wrote.
Cahill sentenced Zimmer to 10 years in prison for committing a dangerous crime against a child, the minimum sentence. He sentenced him to one year in jail on four other counts, all served concurrently.