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A local man will spend up to 22 years in prison for robbing and beating an 83-year-old Randolph County woman.

Mitchie Dwayne Clement, 21, of 10034 Linwood Southmont Road, Linwood, pleaded guilty Tuesday to assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, first-degree burglary and attempted murder.Prosecutors dismissed rape and attempted rape charges against him before he entered his plea. The assault and robbery occurred May 20 at the woman's home on Hulin-McDowell Road.

The woman's 17-year-old grandson had heard her medical alert alarm going off that day and went into her room to check on her. ``He thought it was a medical emergency, like she was having a heart attack,' Sherriff Litchard Hurley said at the time of Clement's arrest.

The grandson found a man beating his grandmother. The man, wearing nothing but his underwear, ran out of the room. The grandmother was lying on the bed, bruised, beaten and bleeding, deputies said.

``He beat this woman unmercifully,' Hurley said. ``He hit her in the face, on her head. She has broken ribs. Both arms are banged up. Her left arm's broke.'

Hurley said pants left in the woman's bedroom contained Clement's wallet and N.C. driver's license.

Clement was arrested two days after the incident at the Rowan County hospital.

``He tried to commit suicide,' Hurley said.

``He had taken an overdose and had cut his wrist.'

Hurley said his deputies learned via the Internet that Clement was a North Carolina registered sex offender.

He was arrested two years ago on charges of statutory rape and taking indecent liberties with a minor. The amount of time he spent in jail was not immediately available.\ \ Contact Phillip Reese at 625-8452, Ext. 232, or at


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