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Albany man sentenced for attacking 92-year-old woman

ALBANY -- After what's being described as a horrific year for a 92 year old Albany woman, Wayne Cole learned his fate Wednesday morning in Albany County Court. He'll serve seven years for each charge concurrently. Still, he's maintaining his innocence.

"The ADA says that she wants to give me the maximum I say for what. I'll still tell you I did not do this crime. But, I've got to go by your system of laws. So I'm sitting up here thinking I was guilty before I was even given a chance to be proven innocent," Cole says in court.

Wayne Cole sat emotionless in court, showing no reaction as Judge Peter Lynch sentenced him to serve seven years in state prison. Cole was charged with second degree attempted robbery and one count of second degree assault, after attacking a 92 year old woman in March of last year.
She was walking to CVS when Cole attempted to snatch her purse, knocked her to the ground, and dragged her.

The Assistant District Attorney says that had two on-lookers not stepped in, she could have also lost her life.

"Quite frankly, who knows what injuries she would have sustained, or what would have happened had Ariana and her father not driven by because he was not stopping despite not getting her purse at first," says Shannon Corbitt. 

Surveillance video shows that Cole had been plotting the whole attack.

"The Albany Police Department did a spectacular job retrieving video showing you for a protractive period of time laying weight essentially to commit this crime," says Judge Peter Lynch.

The son of the victim was in court to give a victim impact statement. He says that walking to the pharmacy was a piece of freedom that his mother had, and that was stolen from her. He says to this day she's afraid to leave her home. She was not in court for the sentencing.