A man accused of beating an acquaintance with a hammer and metal bar was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday.
Ricky A. Andrews, 35, and Robert C. Kelly, 49, were charged in 2012 with Class X felonies for home invasion and attempted murder in connection with the beating of a man on Delmar Avenue in Granite City. Police found Michael L. Cuvar, 35, severely beaten with a hammer and metal flat bar in his apartment on Feb. 12, 2012.
Granite City Police determined that Andrews and Kelly, who were acquaintances with the victim, began arguing with Cuvar and the dispute escalated into a violent confrontation, a spokesperson for Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons said. Cuvar was left paralyzed by the attack and still suffers from diminished mental capacity.
Kelly pleaded guilty to home invasion in April 2013 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Andrews pleaded guilty to home invasion in October and was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Monday. The Attempt Murder charges were dismissed as part of the pleas, the spokesperson said.
As a result of the injuries suffered by Cuvar in the attack, Andrews will be required to serve 85% of his sentence.