Florida man gets life sentence for killing father with ball-peen hammer

Vincent Moccia found guilty of first-degree murder in Polk County

BARTOW, Fla. – A Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for beating his father to death with a ball-peen hammer.

The Ledger reports that Vincent Moccia, 27, was sentenced Thursday after a Polk County jury found him guilty of first-degree murder.

Prosecutors said Moccia went into 52-year-old Anthony Moccia's bedroom while the older man was sleeping in November 2015 and struck the older man in the head multiple times. Vincent Moccia then grabbed his puppy and left. He crashed his truck into a utility pole not far from the Lakeland home.

Defense lawyers argued that Moccia experienced a psychotic break.

Jurors deliberated less than an hour before returning their verdict.