Guilty Plea in El Cajon Jewelry Store Attack

Travis Kelley hit the owner of Hamlin's on the head five to six times with the hatchet, fracturing his skull

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    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.

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