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Franklin Hospital Patient Sentenced for Nurse Attack

A Queens man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for beating a registered nurse with a chair leg at Franklin Hospital in Valley Stream.

Donte Oakes pleaded guilty to assault last month at Nassau County court.

Prosecutors said the 25-year-old man was a patient at the hospital when he sneaked a broken chair leg into a group therapy session and repeatedly hit the nurse leading the session in the head with the chair leg on Sept. 10, 2010.


The victim suffered lacerations, facial fractures, permanent partial blindness in her left eye and other lasting injuries.

Oakes and the victim had argued over his refusal to take his medication before the attack, prosecutors said.

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