A 31-year-old man may spend the rest of his life behind bars after being sentenced for beating an older man and stealing his wallet in Westchester.
Coty Highsmith, of Yonkers, has been sentenced to a term of between 23 years and life in prison after being found guilty last year of robbery and assault for the beating of a man in his 60s in a city apartment in November 2017.
Highsmith was convicted on Oct. 18 last year after a nine-day trial.
On Nov. 28, 2017, Highsmith followed the man into a Highland Avenue apartment building at approximately 1 p.m. Highsmith choked his victim from behind, tackled him to the ground and repeatedly punched him in the face, causing multiple broken bones, according to Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. He then stole the man’s wallet with $300 in cash and fled the building.
Highsmith was identified as a suspect after investigators reviewed surveillance tapes. Investigators executed multiple search warrants, recovering the clothing Highsmith wore during the robbery, leading to his arrest.
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