Houchens sentenced to 30 years for home invasion/attack

LOUISA, VA (WWBT) - The man convicted of beating an elderly woman during a home invasion learns his fate. On Wednesday morning, a judge upheld the jury's recommendation and sentenced 20-year-old Remone Houchens to 30 years behind bars.

Right before being sentenced Houchens apologized to his family and the victim. He told the court, "none of this should have happened."

Houchens' mother was quite upset with the sentencing.

"Get off of me okay. I'm going to knock the hell out of one of you all if you don't get out of my face," she said to the media while leaving the courthouse.

In December, Houchens was convicted of breaking into the home of 87-year-old Lois Rosson and beating her so badly that she's now blind in one eye. Rosson's son, Monte Rosson, says justice has been served. He says the attack on his mother changed her life forever.

"Before the attack momma was independent and living on her own. Now, she's dependent daily on somebody to take care of her," he added.

Rosson says his family does not accept Houchens' apology.

"All the pain and suffering he's inflicted on my mother -- he can say what he wants but an apology is not enough for me," said Monte Rosson.

Inside the courtroom Houchens' mother told the judge that her son is a good person. Outside of court she had no comment about the case.

Houchens smiled and waived at his family before leaving the courtroom. He plans on appealing the sentence.

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