Mother, son accept plea deal in beating

A mother and son accused of a brutal assault on an 82-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday to reduced charges.

The plea deal was reached after last month's mistrial of Mary J. Deloatch and Troy W. Deloatch. A Richmond County Superior Court jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict.

Assistant District Attorney Brooks Hudson said he offered the reduction in charges because of the difficulty in prosecuting the two.

Though the victim was able to identify Ms. Deloatch initially, he was unable last month to identify either Ms. Deloatch or Mr. Deloatch in court.

William Palmer was attacked in his home with a baseball bat and an iron tool, he testified. Bones in his face were broken, as was an arm. He also suffered brain and internal injuries.

Mr. Palmer testified that a fellow church member asked him to take in Ms. Deloatch when she was homeless, which he did for a time. When he later asked her to move out, she threatened to return with her son, he said.

Ms. Deloatch, 65, and Mr. Deloatch, 42, pleaded guilty Tuesday to burglary. Mr. Deloatch also pleaded guilty to aggravated battery. The two were indicted on charges of robbery, aggravated battery and kidnapping.

Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet accepted the plea deal's sentencing recommendation.

Ms. Deloatch was sentenced to five years' probation and fined $1,000. Mr. Deloatch was sentenced to five years in prison followed by five years on probation. Both will get credit for the time they have spent in jail awaiting trial since last fall.

Mr. Deloatch previously served 12 years in prison for a 1995 robbery.

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