MARRERO, La. -- A Jefferson Parish jury found a man guilty Tuesday night of beating an elderly woman unconscious during a 2016 home invasion on New Year's Eve.
Officials said 39-year-old Brandon Pike was found guilty of aggravated burglary and second-degree battery.
Prosecutors said Pike kicked the 84-year-old woman's door down that afternoon, demanding she give him money. When the woman said she didn't have any, Pike repeatedly punched her in the head, knocking her out, before taking her television.
“He beat her, all for a little television. That’s what he got out of it,” Assistant District Attorney Andrew DeCoste, who prosecuted with Lynn Schiffman, told jurors in opening statements.
Neighbors called deputies, who said they found the woman with her left eye swollen shut, swelling on the left side of her face and dried blood in and around her left ear.
Officials said the woman recognized Pike because she had seen him working at a local commodity store.
Pike's public defender reportedly said there was no physical evidence proving he was the assailant, and that the case was based on the word of an elderly woman who was awakened from her bed without her glasses when she was attacked.
The jury deliberated about an hour and a half before handing up their verdict. Pike is scheduled to be sentenced March 16.