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A Lackawanna man with a history of attacks on the elderly today was sentenced to eight years in prison for breaking the hip of a 79-year-old Elkhart Street woman during a break-in at her home in July.

Gerald Fraterrigo previously pleaded guilty to a felony burglary charge before being sentenced today without comment by State Supreme Court Justice Mario J. Rossetti.

Fraterrigo, 23, of Stearns Street, declined to comment during the brief sentencing.

Court officials said he will have to serve a minimum of seven years before he can be released from custody.

Fraterrigo broke into his latest victim's home as she was sleeping and woke her up as he was stealing $100 in cash from the bedroom, prosecutor Paul S. Piotrow-ski said.

When his victim got up and confronted him, Fraterrigo threw her to the floor and she suffered a hip fracture, the prosecutor said.

Despite a string of eight earlier break-ins and purse thefts involving elderly victims in Lackawanna, Blasdell and Hamburg dating to 1993, this will be Fraterrigo's first stay in a state prison, Piotrowski said.

Fraterrigo's victims include a 78-year-old Leo Place woman robbed several years ago of at least $37,000 in cash she kept in her home, the prosecutor said.

The Elkhart Street victim has recovered and is back home, he added.

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