Man jailed for beating 63-year-old

As a 63-year-old Rhawn­hurst wo­man tried to fight off a home in­vader on April 11, 2013, the in­truder hit her so hard and in­flic­ted so much pain to her face and head, po­lice ini­tially thought he had used a ham­mer.

Dur­ing the at­tack­er’s sen­ten­cing hear­ing last Fri­day, As­sist­ant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Kristen Kemp re­vealed that Ab­ra­ham Cor­dova had ac­tu­ally used brass knuckles to knock the vic­tim un­con­scious and blind her left eye. Cor­dova, an il­leg­al im­mig­rant from Guatem­ala who was stay­ing in the Ol­ney area at the time of the beat­ing, was ordered to spend 25 to 50 years in state pris­on for the crime. Com­mon Pleas Court Judge Ann Butchart is­sued the sen­tence. Court re­cords list Cor­dova as 27 years old, but that may not be ac­cur­ate, au­thor­it­ies said. 

The crime oc­curred on the 7900 block of Lor­etto Ave. at about 12:10 a.m. The vic­tim was chan­ging clothes in the bed­room of her ground-floor apart­ment when Cor­dova climbed through her un­locked win­dow. A loud struggle began im­me­di­ately, po­lice said, with the vic­tim scream­ing and the in­truder strik­ing her sev­er­al times in the face and head. Even­tu­ally, the at­tack­er fled, leav­ing the vic­tim for dead. Wit­nesses helped po­lice get a de­scrip­tion of Cor­dova and identi­fy him. Of­ficers ar­res­ted him six days after the crime.

Cor­dova pleaded no con­test on Jan. 24 to at­temp­ted murder, at­temp­ted rape, burg­lary and pos­sess­ing an in­stru­ment of crime. He could be de­por­ted after serving the state pris­on sen­tence.

For the sen­ten­cing hear­ing, the vic­tim sent a prin­ted state­ment to the court, but she did not at­tend per­son­ally. Kemp ex­plained that the vic­tim still has night­mares of the in­cid­ent and did not want to see Cor­dova again, al­though she bravely helped po­lice identi­fy the cul­prit. ••

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