By Tony Hanson
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Calling it a crime against humanity, a Philadelphia judge has imposed the maximum penalty on a 30-year-old purse snatcher, who targeted and destroyed the life of a 93-year-old woman.
The defendant was convicted of robbery and aggravated assault.
Judge Robert Coleman has sentenced defendant Antonio Santiago to 20 to 40 years in prison.
Santiago, a repeat robbery offender, was convicted in this case of targeting Estelle DiCamillo, who was on her way home from Easter Sunday services in Northeast Philadelphia.
Santiago knocked her to the ground breaking bones, took her purse and life as she knew it.
“She is a shell of what she used to be. She was vibrant, she took care of herself, she did everything. It’s like the life has been sucked out of her,” the victim’s daughter Mary Ann Kennedy said.
Kennedy also said she lost the mother she knew. DiCamillo never returned to her home of 46 years, and now, still in pain and on medication, she is living with her daughter.
Santiago still maintains his innocence.