Cuyahoga County

Heroin addict sentenced to prison for beating elderly neighbor


CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A man was sentenced to 18 years in prison today for beating and stealing the purse of his elderly neighbor to feed his need for heroin.

Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Frankie Goldberg said Dean Murphy, 40, pummeled 91-year-old Carol Kurilec.

"For what, a couple of bucks to feed your heroin addiction" Goldberg asked him.

Murphy caused Kurilec severe injuries in September, leaving her on the floor of her home bleeding.

Kurilec told Common Pleas Judge Joseph D. Russo that she wished he would be "tossed in a trash can" with the lid nailed shut.

"I'm not usually a hateful person but I just don't think you should pick on little old ladies," she said.

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