Elderly Mennonite sisters recovering after attack

December 18, 2012 4:32:22 AM PST
Three elderly Pennsylvania sisters are recovering from their injuries after a brutal home invasion assault police say was motivated by their attacker's hatred of their peaceful Mennonite religion.

Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman said Monday one of the women suffered a heart attack after Friday's assault, another had bleeding on the brain and the third had a broken shoulder. The sisters range in age from 84 to 90.

Authorities say 22-year-old Dereck Taylor Holt pretended to be an insurance salesman to get inside the Clay Township home, then bound the victims, hit them with a stun gun and sprayed the home with household chemicals. Investigators say he railed against religion during the attack, reading passages from their Bible then destroying it.

Holt remains jailed on $1 million bail.