EDWARDSVILLE — A Pocahontas man was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison in a 2012 home invasion case in which the victim was left paralyzed and brain-damaged in a hammer attack.
In a press release, State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons said Ricky A. Andrews, 35, pleaded guilty in October to one count of home invasion, a Class X felony. He was sentenced Tuesday morning to 20 years in prison by Circuit Judge Richard Tognarelli.
Granite City Police were dispatched to an apartment on Delmar Avenue on Feb. 12, 2012, where they found Michael L. Cuvar, 35, who had been severely beaten with a hammer and metal flat bar in his apartment. Following the investigation by Granite City officers, Andrews, along with Robert C. Kelly, 49, of Madison, were charged with home invasion and attempted murder, both Class X felonies, on Feb. 14, 2012.
The investigation determined that Andrews and Kelly, who were acquaintances with the victim, became involved in a verbal dispute with him that escalated into the violent confrontation. Cuvar was left paralyzed by the attack and still suffers from a diminished mental capacity. Andrews was facing a prison sentence of six to 30 years. As a result of the injuries suffered by Cuvar, Andrews will be required to serve 85 percent of his sentence. Kelly pleaded guilty to home invasion in April 2013 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. The attempted murder charges were dismissed pursuant to the pleas.
Gibbons commended the work of the Granite City Police Department and his prosecutors, Assistant State’s Attorneys Crystal Uhe and Chad Loughrey, for a successful resolution to the case.