Granny Mugger Gets 17 Years

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    Security cam rolls as man takes purse and cane from elderly NYC woman.

    A mugger who targeted elderly people has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for five robberies and assaults.

    Prosecutors said 38-year-old Cornelius Abson followed his victims into their elevators and robbed them.

    He was arrested in 2008 on charges that he attacked 85-year-old Lillian France and three other victims in their late 60s and 70s. A detective who had arrested Abson in a previous robbery recognized him on surveillance footage of the attack on France.

    MUGGING ON TAPE

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    Security cam rolls as man takes purse and cane from elderly NYC woman.

    The surveillance camera caught Abson choking France and stealing $900 and her cane.

    He was sentenced to at least 17 years on Friday in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn.