15-yr. term for attacking homeless

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A Florida man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for his part in three attacks on homeless men in Fort Lauderdale in 2006.

A judge yesterday said she was prepared to sentence William Ammons to 20 years in prison. But she gave him a lighter sentence because he apologized in court, an apology that she deemed genuine.

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The 21-year-old man says he drove his friends to the attacks and struck one sleeping man with a plastic sword. He also said he fired a paintball gun at another man, who was beaten to death by Ammons' friend.

Ammons testified last week at the trial of his two friends, who were convicted of second-degree murder. He pleaded guilty to third-degree felony murder and aggravated battery. *