LI man acquitted of phone assault on mother

July 22, 2011 5:42:57 AM PDT
A Long Island man accused of beating his 84-year-old mother with a cordless phone has been acquitted of assault charges but found guilty of lesser charges.

John Norton of North Massapequa faces up to 7 years in prison when he's sentenced on Sept. 12.

The jury reached its verdict on Thursday. It convicted him of criminal possession of a weapon and attempted assault.

The 60-year-old's lawyer planned to appeal.

Prosecutors say Norton struck and kicked his mother in December after she threatened to call 911. She managed to run to the house of a neighbor, who called police.

Prosecutors say Norton lived at his mother's house while on probation for a 2010 aggravated drunken-driving conviction.