The man who beat an elderly jewelry store owner with a hatchet after his credit card was declined pleaded guilty to attempted murder Tuesday.
Travis Kelley, 25, entered the plea and was sentenced to 14 years in prison pending a final court hearing next month.
Kelley beat the owner of Hamlin Jewelers in El Cajon back in January after his credit card was declined while he was making a purchase.
Carl Hamlin, 75, owner of Hamlin’s Jewelers on Fletcher Parkway, suffered multiple injuries in the attack, including a fractured skull, was hospitalized for two days.
He returned to work just days after the attack and credited his "mule's blood" for helping him in his recovery.