Apr 15, 2015 10:54 AM
DOVER - A man who helped to rob and beat a pizza man delivery driver to near death pleaded guilty to multiple charges on Wednesday morning at Strafford County Superior Court.
Brandon Hamel, 19, who was homeless and using heroin at the time of the brutal attack, said he was aware that his friends, Cole Will and Jonathan Wilson, planned to rob the person who delivered pizza and sub sandwiches to them at a Somersworth residence on July 2, 2014, but said he was unaware that their victim would be beaten after he was knocked out with a sawed-off shotgun.
"I am sorry for everything I have done," Hamel told the court.
Deputy County Attorney Alysia Cassotis laid out her case against Hamel and asked for the maximum sentence, 19 to 45 years in state prison.
"There are just some crimes that warrant a harsh penalty," Cassotis told Judge Peter Fauver.
Fauver agreed, saying Hamel was participating in a "crime spree" when he and his co-defendants decided to call Somersworth House of Pizza and order food with the intention of robbing the delivery driver.
Hamel had burglarized a VFW and robbed the Shell station in Rochester in the weeks leading up to the attack.
Brandon Patterson, who was working as a delivery driver for the local pizza shop last summer while his wife was in nursing school, turned out to be the victim of the trio's crime. As soon as he arrived, he was hit in the head with the butt of the shotgun, and was knocked unconscious.
Then, his limp body was dragged up a set of stairs, where he was beaten further and left for dead.
Patterson, a star athlete in high school, was able to crawl from the house and a stranger came to his rescue.
Patterson told Fauver that he still has post traumatic stress disorder from the incident. He also suffers from short-term memory loss and has a hard time hearing.
"I have three small children," Patterson said. "How do you explain to them what happened?"
Patterson said he struggles every day to understand how someone could be so brutal.
Patterson's father, Brian, said that on the day his son was attacked, "evil came to Somersworth."
Captain David Kretschmar of the Somersworth Police Department agreed.
"The fabric of the city of Somersworth all changed that day," Kretschmar said.
Hamel's mother and attorney both asked for a reduced sentence in this case, but Cassotis quickly pointed out that Hamel did not cry when he heard Patterson and his family members speak. He cried when his mother spoke.
"That indicates remorse for himself," Cassotis said.
Fauver took the state's recommendation, and Hamel will serve at least 19 years in prison.
Will was sentenced to up to 25 years in prison earlier this month. The state is working on a negotiated plea with Wilson.
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