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Hodges sentenced to 8-1/2 years in state prison

A Grass Valley man was sentenced Monday to eight and a half years in state prison for attacking his aunt.

Hodges, 37, allegedly broke into the house of his uncle and aunt, Brent and Susan Scott, on Maiden Lane the afternoon of Nov. 30, 2012, and attacked them with a hammer.

A jury found Hodges innocent of attempted murder, instead found him guilty of one count only of attempted voluntary manslaughter in the attack against Susan Scott, with a special allegation of having caused great bodily injury.

Prosecutors argued that Hodges attacked his relatives because Brent Scott was accusing his own father, Hodges' grandfather, of molesting him as a child.

Hodges allegedly had hit his uncle in the back of the head several times with the claw end of the hammer, leaving him with lacerations to the face, head and arms.

According to police, Hodges also hit his aunt several times in the face as she pleaded for him to stop and then threatened to kill her.

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Her injuries included fractures to her face and broken bones in her hands, and left wrist.

Hodges had testified that it was Brent Scott who attacked him, that any injuries sustained by Susan were caused when Brent swung at him and missed.

He also said Brent's injuries were self-inflicted as he attempted to defend himself.

During Hodges' sentencing in Nevada County Superior Court Monday afternoon, he expressed regret in court, Assistant District Attorney Anna Ferguson said.

Judge Sean Dowling told him there is a difference between "regret" and "remorse," Ferguson said, noting the victim was not present.

Dowling sentenced Hodges to the aggravated term of 66 months prison on attempted voluntary manslaughter, with 36 months for a great bodily injury enhancement, to be served consecutively, Ferguson said.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4229.

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