MILTON, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida Panhandle man has been sentenced to life in prison for beating a man so severely it caused permanent head injuries.
Timothy Donald Helton was sentenced Wednesday, following a Jan. 17 conviction in the May 2011 attack.
The Northwest Florida Daily News reports Helton beat two men in a Navarre home, striking one with a "homemade" weapon. He then left the home, but returned a short time later.
Officials say Helton got out of the truck with a metal pipe and threw it at the second man. The attack crushed the man's skull.
Doctors who testified at the trial said the second victim need a titanium plate inserted in his head.