Brevard County

Man given life sentence for attacking family with hammer while hiding inside Palm Bay home

PALM BAY, Fla. — A man who attacked a Brevard County family inside their home with a hammer has been sentenced to life in prison.

Brandon Putty was found guilty of a 2018 burglary and battery inside a home on Haas Avenue NW in Palm Bay.

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The attack happened inside the home on June 10 after a couple were awoken by their dog scratching on their door.

A woman walked into her sleeping son’s room to check on him, when Putty jumped out of a closet and attacked her with a blacksmith’s hammer.

She was knocked unconscious and the man inside the home came into the room and was also attacked by Putty.

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The man was able to wrestle the hammer away from Putty, who then ran off after taking the woman’s purse on his way out.

Palm Bay police obtained a warrant for Putty’s arrest and he was captured in Georgia two days later.

Putty has a lengthy criminal history that includes prior burglary, theft, stalking and domestic violence.

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Officials said Putty was prosecuted as a prison release reoffender because he committed this crime within three years of his release from state prison.

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