Conviction upheld in attack on 82-year-old woman

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday declined to hear an appeal from Joe Lee Brunner, who was convicted of beating an elderly woman during a 2006 robbery.

Brunner was sentenced in 2007 to 180 years in Hinds County on four counts related to the attack on 82-year-old Lorea May. The state Court of Appeals upheld his conviction last year. Authorities say Brunner beat May with a pipe after breaking into her home.

Brunner was sentenced to 50 years for house burglary, 40 years for aggravated assault, 80 years for armed robbery and 10 years for auto theft. The prison terms were to be served consecutively.