A man who pleaded guilty to beating a 60-year-old Eau Claire man last summer will spend 15 years in prison.
Friday, Eau Claire County Circuit Court Judge Lisa Stark sentenced 25-year-old Clint Cohan to that sentence plus 8 years of supervision.
Cohan pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated battery by a repeat offender.
Last July, Rod Hicks was seriously beaten in his home.
Cohan apologized to Hicks in court Friday. Hicks told us afterward he still gets frightened when he hears sounds in his home.
Here's a previous story we did on Rod Hicks' Recovery (Sept 13, 2007):
A 60-year-old man investigators say was severely beaten this summer is back in the hospital, recovering from a quintuple bypass. It’s a surgery that his son tells us was brought on by the attack.
Adam Hicks says his dad is still unconscious after his heart surgery, but he's hoping for the best.
He also says he wants the man charged with trying to kill him put behind bars for a very long time.
But, Clint Cohan's dad says what his son really needs is help.
It hasn't been an easy month for Adam Hicks or his father.
“He tied my dad up with a dog cord and strangled him,” Adam says. “We had to hire cleaners to clean up all the blood."
Adam says his dad had more than 70 staples in his head after police say 25-year-old Clint Cohan tied him up, choked him and hit him in the head with a metal flashlight. Investigators say the attack lasted for more than four hours.
"He's had heart problems for quite some time,” Adam tells us. “Then, during his attack, he suffered a heart attack."
Adam says after the beating, doctors had to take his dad off blood thinners, leading to even more problems and making Tuesday's quintuple bypass eminent.
Clint Cohan's father Kevin says his son doesn't remember much from the attack.
"He was in a blackout, like many alcoholics often have," Kevin Cohan says.
He says keeping his son behind bars isn't the answer.
"He needs a good program, a strong and patient program. I really think 40 years in prison isn't going to make it better. I want him to get help. He’s an intelligent kid, but when he drinks, it all goes down the drain," Kevin Cohan says.
Adam says his dad was Clint Cohan's custodial supervisor at the university and wanted to help him. Now, he says Cohan deserves to be locked up for a long time.
"He made one last effort letting him stay there,” Adam says. “It’s a shame that someone who tries to help people ends up in this situation. I guess now, he just has to help himself. Hopefully he'll be OK.”