Jacksonville Man Pleads Guilty in Grandmother’s Beating Death

A man from Jacksonville who was arrested for beating his grandmother to death over a confiscated case of beer will serve 20 years in prison after pleading guilty on Thursday to multiple charges.

Dylan Broughman, 19, was sentenced to jail time preceded by a year of house arrest and two years of probation in exchange for his guilty pleas on second-degree murder and elderly neglect charges.

Joyce Courson, who was Broughman’s grandmother died Oct. 18, 2016, eight days after police answering a domestic violence call at the family’s East Arlington home found her bleeding from the face.

A witness who lived in the home told police he heard Broughman and Courson arguing. He said Broughman was furious because his grandmother hid his beer while he was in the shower.

Before she died, Courson told investigators the argument became violent when her grandson pushed her to the floor and then punched and kicked her while she was down.

Broughman was arrested and initially charged with aggravated battery. The charge was later upgraded to murder following his grandmother’s death.

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