Authorities sentenced Michael Meyers, 31, of Braddock, to 17 years in New Jersey state prison after pleading guilty to stealing the car of an elderly Washington Township couple on May 13, 2016.
In sentencing Meyers, Superior Court Judge M. Christine Allen-Jackson said he will be subject to New Jersey’s No Early Release Act, requiring a defendant to serve 85 percent of a prison term before parole eligibility.
Officials said that on the day of the incident, Meyers was identified as the suspect who entered a Forrest Drive home after telling the residents someone was trying to kill him. Once inside, Meyers grabbed the keys to their vehicle and left the house.
The husband suffered a cut to his arm after attempting to stop Meyers from leaving with their car.
Police apprehended Meyers the same day after robbing a nearby service station of cigarettes and ultimately fleeing in the stolen car. Police stopped him in Winslow Township.