Man sentenced for subway hammer attack

November 13, 2009 2:12:14 PM PST
A Philadelphia man who says he was off his schizophrenia medications when he attacked a sleeping subway rider with a hammer has been sentenced to four to 10 years in prison.

Thomas Scantling was sentenced Friday for a September 2008 attack caught on security videotape. He says he was hearing voices at the time.

Security footage shows Scantling pull a hammer from a backpack and repeatedly strike 20-year-old DeWayne Taylor before pulling him from the train onto a subway platform in Philadelphia.

Moments before, Scantling had guided his 6-year-old son to an open seat.

The judge says Scantling's use of the illegal drug PCP contributed to the violence.

The 27-year-old Scantling pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and a weapons charge.

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