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A Rodney Avenue man was sentenced Monday to 13 years in prison for attacking and robbing an acquaintance's mother.

Arnell McKnight, who pleaded guilty Oct. 21 to felony assault and burglary charges linked to four incidents, was ordered to prison by State Supreme Court Justice Mario J. Rossetti.

When he entered his pleas, McKnight admitted that he choked an acquaintance's mother as he stole $175 from her in her York Street home Feb. 1 and stole VCRs and other property from three Glenwood Avenue homes March 22.

Prosecutors Patricia Idella Carrington and Karen Korkuc Mahlmeister said McKnight's victim recovered from her injuries and went along with the plea deal because of the stiff term McKnight faces.

McKnight, who has served two prison terms and still faces parole violation charges linked to his last robbery conviction, had been indicted on attempted murder charges in the York Street incident, but prosecutors agreed to the plea deal in his new cases.

Both prosecutors said McKnight choked the woman nearly to death after she refused to give him money and she tried to call police when he came to her house late Feb. 1.

After the woman lost consciousness, McKnight stole $175 from her and fled, prosecutors said.

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