The vicious crow bar beating of a 77-year-old Daly City woman “ranks at the top of horrific, savage and vicious crimes,” a San Mateo County judge said Wednesday before sentencing the monster to nearly 12 years in prison.
Judge Craig Parsons had little sympathy for Jose Perez-Gonzalez, 31, who smashed the elderly woman’s face with a crow bar after she caught him prying open the sliding glass door to her Daly City home on Jan. 12, 2008.
The broad daylight beating blinded the woman, who now stays in an assisted living residence, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
Perez-Gonzalez, an illegal immigrant who was living in South San Francisco, was found guilty in November on seven of eight felony counts including attempted murder, residential burglary, assault with a deadly weapon and felony elder abuse.
After the attack, Perez-Gonzalez fled to Mexico. Daly City detectives “doggedly tracked him through Mexico,” Wagstaffe said. He was apprehended by Mexican authorities in his native city of Guadalajara, he said.
During Wednesday’s sentencing hearing, the judge called Perez-Gonzalez’s actions “selfish and stupid,” then denied probation, Wagstaffe said.
The judge sentenced him to 11 years, 8 months in state prison, with 951 days credit for time served.