ANOKA, Minn. – An Ethiopian refugee convicted of sexually assaulting a blind 84-year-old Minnesota man has been sentenced to nearly 29 years in prison.

Ahmed Sule was sentenced Friday to 28 years, 10 months. A St. Paul Pioneer Press report says he’ll be deported when he’s released.

Authorities say Sule broke into the Fridley home of the elderly cancer patient. Prosecutors say the 24-year-old Sule repeatedly told him he loved him and wanted to kiss him, before sexually assaulting him.

Prosecutors say the elderly man tried to fight him off but was weakened from chemotherapy.

Defense attorney Jill Brisbois says her client maintained it wasn’t him, and that at some point God would reveal the true guilty person. She says she hoped the judge would take Sule’s troubled childhood into account.