Apr 23, 2015 6:09 PM
Pizza deliveryman attacker gets at least 19 years in prison
DOVER - A Somersworth man has been sentenced to at least 19 years in prison after being convicted on the robbery and beating of a pizza deliveryman last July.
Jonathan Wilson, 21, pleaded guilty to all charges connected to the deliveryman case.
He also pleaded guilty to burglary at a VFW, credit card fraud and armed robbery of a gas station.
Wilson read a statement in court to the victim, Brandon Patterson, whom he struck with the butt of a shotgun, knocking him unconscious before taking his cash.
“I’m truly and deeply sorry," Wilson said.
Prosecutors said Wilson was addicted to heroin when he was just 20 years old.
The attack on Patterson was random, and carried out with two other men - both of whom have already been sentenced.
Prosecutors said the trio called the Somersworth House of Pizza and ordered a delivery - demanding the driver bring change for $100.
“This was a crime that placed the entire community of Somersworth in fear – because the fact of the matter is I think everybody kind of thought this could be anyone of us," Strafford County Deputy Attorney Alysia Cassotis said.
Numerous supporters and family members of the victim spoke in court – asking for a tough sentence.
“After delivering pizza for 10 years, he forgets directions to places from the severity of his head trauma," said his father Ryan Patterson.
Patterson said he now suffers from PTSD – and has permanently lost most of his hearing in his left ear.
“Eventually Mr. Wilson will be able to move on with his life," Patterson told the judge. "I, your honor, will be dealing with this for the remainder of mine.”
Patterson said one day he hopes to forgive Wilson – but he wants him to serve his time first.