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Senior Citizen Dies 9 Years After Hammer Attack In His Home

By Kelly Bauer | November 2, 2016 12:30pm | Updated on November 4, 2016 11:42am

CHICAGO — A 78-year-old man has died from injuries he suffered from a beating — nine years after being attacked with a hammer.

The victim, who died last week, was identified as Robert Bishop, 78.

In May 2007, Bishop, then 69, was attacked in his Washington Park home by a man, Terry Hood, who lived in the same building as him, according to court records. Bishop had said he was in his bedroom when Hood hit him twice in his head with a hammer but he could not remember anything else.

The victim had said he "had occasional money problems" with Hood, who Bishop had lived with in the past, according to court records. Bishop had said the hammer belonged to Hood. In a deposition taken after the beating, Bishop, who was in a nursing home, could only answer questions by shaking his head.

Hood was convicted of aggravated battery of a senior citizen and was sentenced to 22 years in prison, according to Illinois Department of Corrections records. It was not immediately known if additional charges would be brought.

Bishop died on Oct. 24. Autopsy information released Saturday shows he died from complications of a traumatic brain injury from a past assault in a homicide, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

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