DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A man who attacked and carjacked an 86-year-old World War II veteran at a busy Detroit gas station has been sentenced to five to 12 years in prison.

Paris Gomillion apologized for the daylight carjacking in February of Aaron Brantley, who wasn’t in the courtroom in Detroit for Friday’s hearing.

Gomillion also was ordered to pay $232 in restitution and perform 120 hours of community service. The Wayne County prosecutor’s office said he earlier pleaded guilty in the case.

Brantley was on his way home from Bible study when he was assaulted and his car was stolen from a BP gas station on McNichols near Fairfield Street back in February.

Brantley said, at first,  nobody helped him as he struggled with a broken leg after the assault. Surveillance video showed him crawling as several people pass by him.  He eventually tried to pay a stranger to drive him home, but the man drove him for free, and called an ambulance.

Brantley told the Detroit Free Press he no longer goes to gas stations alone.

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