HACKENSACK, N.J. — A northern New Jersey man has been sentenced to 21 years in prison after he was convicted of breaking into his ex-boyfriend’s family home and beating the man’s father.

The Record reports (http://bit.ly/2cCiFi0 ) 44-year-old Julio Pina-Catena of Rutherford was sentenced last week in the 2011 beating of then 56-year-old Nelson Martin.

Authorities say Pina-Catena broke into the Martins’ Wallington home six years after his relationship ended with Martin’s son, Adrian Martin.

They say Pina-Catena cut out the eyes of family photographs, smashed a television, trashed Adrian Martin’s bedroom and hacked into his computer. Prosecutors say he then beat Nelson Martin leaving him with severe brain damage.

Pina-Catena was convicted in July of charges including aggravated assault and armed burglary.

His attorney says Pina-Catena maintains his innocence and will appeal.


Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com