A teenager accused of beating 78-year-old Janet Jordan in her South Omaha home has been sentenced to ten years in prison for attempted robbery.
Sixteen-year-old Naushkoniwaheega Hamilton hit her in the head and tried to steal her TV, but ended up leaving empty-handed. He was later arrested and plead no contest to a felony charge of attempted robbery.
Hamilton will serve his time at a juvenile detention center until he turns 18. At that point he would be transferred to adult lock up.
With good time, Hamilton could be released from prison in four years.
Hamilton apologized to his victim on his way to jail.
In court, defense lawyers said the teen had an alcohol and drug problem and was on drugs the night he beat up Mrs. Jordan.
The defense painted a picture of a teen who was dealt a difficult hand. His mother was a drug addict. The teen never really had a home. The only stable influence in his life his grandmother, Margaret McDonald.
McDonald said, ”He just had his problems, couldn't deal with them. A lot of people can’t. We tried. We really tried.
“He did a bad thing. I know it. He knows it. My job is to love him and be there for him."
Prosecutors say Hamilton has had alcohol and drug problems since he was nine-years-old.