Man sentenced to 60 years in prison for beating his grandmother

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FORT WORTH A 43-year-old ex-convict was sentenced to 60 years in prison on Thursday for beating his 85-year-old grandmother during an all-night drunken rage last year.

Jurors convicted James Dolan Osborne on Wednesday, finding him guilty of one count of assault on a family member by choking with a prior family violence conviction and one count of injury to the elderly. On Thursday, the jury sentenced Osborne to 60 years on the assault charge and 20 years on the injury charge. The sentences will run simultaneously.

During the trial in state District Judge Ruben Gonzalez’s court, prosecutors Lucas Allan and Kim D’Avignon presented evidence that Osborne moved in with his grandmother and uncle in September 2012. Shortly after he moved into their Fort Worth home, Osborne’s uncle was hospitalized with leukemia, leaving Osborne alone in the house with his elderly grandmother.

On the night of October 9, 2012, while the grandmother was cleaning her son’s room, Osborne walked in, threatened to kill her and began beating her. For the next five hours, Osborne alternated between drinking and beating the elderly woman. At one point, he choked her until she became unconscious.

About 5 a.m., after Osborne fell asleep, the woman escaped. She hid outside a neighbor’s house and begged the neighbor for help when he came outside to take his daughter to school. The neighbor took the woman to the hospital and authorities were notified. Osborne was arrested.

During the punishment phase of the trial, prosecutors presented evidence of Osborn’s prior criminal history, which included convictions for aggravated assault, assaults on family members, possession and delivery of drugs, and driving while intoxicated.

Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752 Twitter: @mitchmitchel3

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