Ohio addict apologizes for killing grandfather

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 33-year-old central Ohio man has apologized for fatally beating his 78-year-old grandfather in 2012, blaming it on his heroin addiction.

Matthew Kasee was in court Monday to plead guilty to charges including involuntary manslaughter in the Oct. 19, 2012, beating of Carl Burris in Columbus. He was sentenced to 24 years in prison.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1zQmO6j ) reports that his grandmother, Sharon Burris, made a statement in court, saying that Kasee loved his grandfather and would never have hurt him if he'd been in his right mind. She told her grandson she has forgiven him.

Kasee's attorney said his client was addicted to heroin at the time. He said the crime was "a desperate ploy to feed an addiction."

Carl Burris was found unresponsive and bleeding on his couch.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com