SKOWHEGAN — A Maine man accused of beating his father to death has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Angelo Licata, who lived in the central Maine town of Detroit, was sentenced Wednesday in Somerset County Superior Court. He had pleaded guilty to killing 63-year-old Alfred Licata in his Cambridge home in July 2011.

Police said they found the victim’s body on his lawn, and that he appeared to have suffered blunt force trauma to his head.

Defense lawyers say the younger man suffered from mental illness and lashed out at his father after years of abuse at the hands of his father.

WABI-TV reports that Angelo Licata apologized to his mother and unless, saying it was “self-defense that went too far.”

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