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Man who attacked his grandmother in Sparks sentenced to prison

Michael Kevin O’Day
Michael Kevin O’Day(Washoe County jail)
Published: Nov. 1, 2020 at 10:07 AM PST|Updated: May. 3, 2021 at 3:07 PM PDT
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SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) - A man found guilty of trying to kill his 87-year-old grandmother in Sparks by suffocating her with a plastic bag and then hitting her over the head with a metal object, has been sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison.

Michael Kevin O’Day Jr., 38, pled guilty in March to one count of Attempted Murder and one count of Resisting Arrest.

In addition to the 20 years in prison, he was also sentenced a to a consecutive term of 4 years for the resisting charge.

On October 31, 2020, O’Day’s grandmother, Janet, called police around 9:20 p.m. to report she was being attacked by her grandson at her home near Stanford Way and P Street.

Police said they arrived to find her with several wounds to her head and blood throughout the room. She was taken to a hospital and treated for a skull fracture and brain bleed.

Investigators said O’Day attempted to tie his grandmother to an exercise bike and left the scene in her car.

Officers with the Reno Police Department found O’Day a short time later and arrested him after he attempted to speed off, almost hitting one of the responding officers.

At sentencing, Deputy District Attorney Carrie Morton argued that such a heinous act deserves the maximum sentence, which would allow the victim peace through her final years knowing the defendant cannot hurt her again.

O’Day must serve a minimum of 9 years and 7 months in prison before parole eligibility begins.

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