Reno man gets up to 27 years in prison for robbery, battery against elderly woman

Leonard Green (Photo: Washoe County Jail)

A Reno man has been sentenced to up to 27 years in prison for stealing an elderly woman's purse as it hung on her shoulder, causing her to be pulled to the ground and break a hip.

Authorities began investigating a robbery reported on Nov. 20, 2015 at a Reno casino. Officers learned the suspect, later identified as 51-year-old Leonard Green, was watching the victim as she played slots.

In reviewing video, Reno police saw him circle back and hover over her before grabbing her purse, which was looped over her shoulder.

As a result, Green pulled the victim to the ground, breaking off the outer pocket of the purse as well. The victim suffered a broken hip, according to the D.A.'s office.

Green was arrested and charged, with the prosecutor showing at sentencing the victim, who was 90 at the time, can no longer work, uses a walker and does not travel to Reno, all because of the injury.

The Washoe County District Attorney's Office said Green was sentenced to 27.5 years on one count of robbery and 12 years on one count of battery causing substantial bodily harm. Both charges carried enhancements because the victim is elderly, and both sentences will run concurrently.

Green had prior convictions for eight felonies in California. He will not be eligible for parole until he has served 11 years in prison.

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