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Transient Facing Life in Prison on Murder Charge

Tyler James Hutchinson, 25, is facing life without parole if convicted of murder in the death of Albert Korn in 2009.

Opening statements were heard Thursday in the murder trial of a 25-year-old transient who allegedly robbed and fatally beat an 88-year-old man at his Belmont home.

Albert Korn was attacked in the 2500 block of Hallmark Drive on June 2, 2009, according to prosecutors.

He was already on probation for criminal threats and battery convictions in connection with an attack on a person at San Mateo Train Station, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

The defendant allegedly stole the Korn's 2004 Jaguar and was caught two days later in West Sacramento, committing a residential burglary, the D.A. said.

Hutchinson was since convicted of the burglary by a Yolo County jury and sentenced to prison time.

The special circumstance allegation of committing a murder during a robbery mandates a life without parole sentence, or the death penalty, should a district attorney choose to seek it.

Hutchinson remained in custody on no bail.

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