Man gets 13 years for attacking grandmother

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A 74-year-old grandmother who calls herself a “tough broad” says being attacked and tied up with duct tape was a harrowing experience, but she wasn’t going to let her attacker get away with it.

On Monday, 31-year-old Jason Kester was sentenced to 13 years in prison <a href=" attacking Delia Rollek last January. Kester, a prescription drug addict, tried to rob the West Seneca grandmother by tying her up with duct tape.

Rollek was emotional but strong as she described how her arms started turning purple from the lack of circulation and how Kester tried to force her into the trunk of her car to take her to an ATM. She says she defended herself by kicking him in his private area three times.

In court on Monday, her attacker apologized, saying he’s a different person today. Erie County Court Judge Michael D’Amico, noting Kester’s previous felony and burglary conviction, sentenced him to 13 years in prison.

Even though this was a harrowing ordeal for Rollek, she says she’s survived worse. Eleven years ago she was hit by a car and then dragged. Doctors wanted to amputate her leg, but she told them not to, and now is still walking on her own two feet.

She hopes she can be an inspiration to other elderly residents while reminding them that they can never be too careful in this day and age. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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