Man sentenced to 12 years for attacking cellphone repairman

Published: Aug. 13, 2016 at 5:30 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 13, 2016 at 6:07 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A James Island man is sentenced to 12 years in prison for fracturing the skull of a cellphone repairman seeking payment.

Local media outlets report 25-year-old Adrian Simmons was convicted of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature for the September 2014 blow. Simmons testified it was self-defense.

Prosecutors say Simmons hired the victim to fix his phone but viciously attacked the repairman when he arrived at Simmons' home to return it and collect his fee. Simmons struck the victim in the back of the head as he walked away, causing bleeding on the brain.

The victim's cousin, a passenger, dragged him to safety, and surgeons performed a life-saving craniotomy.

Prosecutors did not identify the victim.

Simmons' prior convictions include domestic violence and cruelty to children.

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