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Fresno Teen Sentenced to 17 Years for Home Invasion Robbery, Beating of 93-Year-Old WWII Vet

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<p>Dezman Kenner of Fresno&nbsp;was sentenced&nbsp;Friday to 17 years in prison for the violent home invasion robbery and beating&nbsp;of a WWII veteran.</p><p>Kenner is&nbsp;now 18-years-old but was 16 when he and two juvenile accomplices broke in to the home of 93-year-old Josef Martin in&nbsp;October 2013.</p><p>&quot;They got away easy.&nbsp;Seventeen years is nothing. It will go by. They didn’t kill me, but they’ll kill the next person,&quot; Martin said reacting to&nbsp;Friday’s sentencing.</p><p>Martin last faced Kenner in court to testify, reliving the nightmare.</p><p>At the time of the crime, Martin showed his home where Kenner, along with 15- and 12-year-old boys, surprised him in his sleep, put a gun in his mouth, and shoved him in a closet while they robbed him.</p><p>&quot;When they put me in the closet, they hurt my legs. They hurt me all over. They ruined my life,&quot; Martin said.</p><p>It’s difficult for Martin to get over it. But his family and friends are helping him day by day.</p><p>Friday, his caretaker took Martin to Woodlake to visit his mother’s grave and his old high school where he got to take home a picture of his 1941 graduating class.</p><p>Distractions like this help keep his mind off the most terrifying experience of his life.</p><p>&quot;I fought for freedom. I come home and what do&nbsp;I do for freedom? This guy beating me up,&quot; Martin said.</p><p>Even with a severe punishment for one of the&nbsp;attackers,&nbsp;Martin is still angry.</p><p>What’s most frightening to him is the young age of the perpetrators.</p><p>&quot;I’m hurt and I’m bitter. These kinds of crimes have got to stop–these young kids with guns and all that,&quot; Martin said.</p><p>The 12-year-old involved has been sentenced to a year in juvenile hall while the 15-year-old will be sentenced later this month.</p></div>

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