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70-year sentence in attack on 80-year-old

A Fort Wayne man was sentenced to 70 years in prison Friday for a home invasion in which he attacked an 80-year-old woman, leaving her blind and in hospice care.

Zachery Doan, then 19, was charged in March with burglary causing serious bodily injury, robbery resulting in serious bodily injury and aggravated battery.

He pleaded guilty to burglary and robbery, and was sentenced Friday by Allen Superior Judge Fran Gull to 70 years.

The victim lived next door to Doan's aunt and uncle, whom he visited from time to time.

He knocked on the woman's door March 10 asking to use the bathroom. She was reluctant but let him in anyway.

Police reports at the time said Doan was in the bathroom for a long time when the woman asked him to come out. Doan walked out and said he needed to borrow a gas can. The woman sent him to the garage and a short time later, he knocked on the door again.

He told her the gas can was broken, and he needed to use the telephone. The woman refused to let him in, and told him to go next door to ask his relatives for a phone.

Doan became angry, and pounded on the door and demanded she take him somewhere. She told him no, and he stood staring at her for a few minutes through the window before leaving. The woman called her daughter, who told her not to let him back in if he returned because he was probably casing her house, court documents said.

About 9 p.m., the woman heard a loud boom from her kitchen and turned to see Doan coming toward her from the kitchen, court documents said. Neighbors heard her screaming and found her covered in blood with her eyes swollen shut, and her nose had been split open, exposing her nasal cavity, according to court documents.

She was taken to Lutheran Hospital, where her doctor told police one of her eyes was "pulverized" beyond repair and would need to be removed. Her other eye had a detached retina, and it was unknown whether she would regain vision, the doctor said.

Police pulled fingerprints matching Doan's from the scene, and he was arrested.

Doan, of the 800 block of Lavina Street, was charged with robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, burglary resulting in bodily injury and aggravated battery, all felonies.

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