Man gets 17 years for nursing home beating death

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man will spend 17 years in prison for beating his nursing home roommate to death with a metal piece from a wheelchair.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced the sentence Wednesday for 67-year-old Thomas Yarnavick.

Yarnavick pleaded guilty to manslaughter in May.

His roommate, 71-year-old Jailall Singh, was clubbed in the head with a wheelchair footrest on Oct. 30 in Rockaway Park.

Authorities say that after the beating, Yarnavick put the bloody footrest in a laundry hamper.