Pekin teen sentenced to 35 years in prison for beating 85-year-old veteran

By WEEK Producer

July 18, 2013 Updated Jul 18, 2013 at 10:46 PM CDT

PEKIN, Ill. – A Pekin, man who pleaded guilty to beating a World War II veteran from Creve Coeur, has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Charles Cheney, 19, was sentenced Thursday for burglary and aggravated battery.

The attack in February 2012 left veteran Ben Piercy, 85, with a broken nose and bloody face.

Authorities said Cheney and his girlfriend, Brandy Teague, 25, broke into Piercy’s home and took jewelry and military medals. Teague said she fled when Cheney became violent.

In May of last year, local patriot guard riders put together a ceremony to honor Piercy, where he was given a flag and various items to replace those medals.

Congressman Aaron Schock eventually helped get the medals replaced.

Piercy died this past April.