Vincenzo Randazzo who was a sixteen year old from Louisiana who would beat to death an elderly man. According to court documents Vincenzo Randazzo would do odd jobs for an elderly couple and one day the teen killer would beat Phillip Lynch with a hammer and would attack his wife when she tried to attempted to stop him. Phillip Lynch would die from his injuries six weeks later. Vincenzo Randazzo would be sentenced to life in prison without parole
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A teenager that killed an 89-year-old man with a hammer and injured his wife as she tried to save his life has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.
Vincenzo “Jake” Randazzo was in court Monday and withdrew his not guilty plea for the attack. He pleaded guilty to killing Phillip Lynch and the attempted murder of his wife Anita Lynch, 70, in 2017.
The judge sentenced him to life for the murder and 25 years for attempted murder. The sentences will run concurrently.
The teen did odd jobs for the couple, who reportedly grew to call Randazzo a friend.
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A Jefferson Parish teenager was sentenced to life in prison Monday for killing an elderly neighbor with a hammer and injuring the man’s wife at their Kenner home, but he will be eligible for possible parole in 25 years as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.
Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick’s office had originally sought to prosecute Vincenzo “Jake” Randazzo, who was 16 at the time of the attack, as an adult and to seek a punishment of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
In an agreement with the Public Defenders Office, prosecutors agreed to allow Randazzo, now 17, to be eligible for parole after 25 years.
Judge Scott Schlegel, of 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna, accepted Randazzo’s pleas of guilty to first-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder for killing Phillip Lynch Sr., 89, and injuring his wife, Anita Lynch, 70.
Paul Fleming, his public defender, said his client is remorseful and “regrets what happened.”
Randazzo went to the Lynches’ Woodlake subdivision home on July 9, 2017, and attacked Phillip Lynch with a hammer before injuring Anita Lynch when she tried to help. Anita Lynch suffered skull fractures, while her husband died of his injuries three weeks later in a hospital.
Authorities said Randazzo had become angry with his family after a shoplifting incident and went to see the Lynches, whom he knew, asking for a ride to Baton Rouge. When Phillip Lynch refused, Randazzo grabbed a hammer and attacked them, then stole the couple’s car and drove to Baton Rouge, where he was arrested.
In addition to its brutality, the attack stunned the community because Randazzo and the Lynches had rather improbably grown close. Randazzo had once stolen a gun from their home, and after his father found out and made him return it, he had begun doing odd jobs for the elderly couple as a form of informal community service.