NYC man gets 17 years for fatally beating nursing home roommate with part of wheelchair

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: July 9, 2014 - 3:00 PM

NEW YORK — A New York City man will spend 17 years in prison for beating his nursing home roommate to death with a metal piece from a wheelchair.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced the sentence Wednesday for 67-year-old Thomas Yarnavick.

Yarnavick pleaded guilty to manslaughter in May.

His roommate, 71-year-old Jailall Singh, was clubbed in the head with a wheelchair footrest on Oct. 30 in Rockaway Park.

Authorities say that after the beating, Yarnavick put the bloody footrest in a laundry hamper.

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