LIVINGSTON COUNTY – A Tyrone, NY resident has been sentenced to prison following his admission to the brutal beating of 90-year-old Paul Isaman of Dansville for his wallet in November.
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Brad Tunningley, 44, was sentenced on all six charges of District Attorney Greg McCaffrey’s indictment, which were originally charged as hate crimes, those being Robbery in the Second Degree, a C felony, two counts of Assault in the Second Degree, a D felony, two counts of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, an E felony, and Petit Larceny.
“This vicious and savage assault represents everything good and bad about the job I’ve chosen to do,” said DA McCaffrey. “This 90-year-old member of our community met Mr. Tunningley at a truck stop and opened his home to him for the night because he was down on his luck, and Mr. Tunningley took advantage of that to rob the victim, punching him multiple times in the eye. I do respect the decision of the Grand Jury that this does not constitute a hate crime, but the People are requesting a sentence of 10 years, if for nothing else than to send a message that this sort of selfish violence will not be tolerated in our community.”
Tunningley apologized for his actions and said that he is willing to go along with the court’s sentence.
“I do apologize for my actions to this court and this community,” said Tunningley. “The punishment I’ve been handed down is just.”
Judge Robert Wiggins sentenced Tunningley to 7 years in prison and 5 years’ post-release supervision for Robbery in the Second Degree.
An 8-year order of protection was also issued in favor of the victim.
Tunningley was arrested in Amherst, NY after a search by Western New York law enforcement that lasted just over one week.
PHOTO CAPTION: (Photo/Livingston County Sheriff’s Office)
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