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Brooklyn man sentenced to 12 years for subway hammer attacks

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Anthony Coward, 30, was sentenced to 12 years in prison. (Brooklyn District Attorney's Office)

Anthony Coward, 30, was sentenced to 12 years in prison. (Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office)

NEW YORK — A mugger who hit two New York City subway riders on the head with a hammer has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson says Anthony Coward, 30, was sentenced Monday.

The May 2014 attacks occurred in the Rockaway Avenue station in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The victims were ambushed from behind and hit in the head with a hammer while they were buying fare cards.

Coward stole $58 from one victim and $140 from the other. Prosecutors say he continued to hit one victim after he fell to the ground.

“In order for our city to be a place of law and order, people must be able to enter our subways without fear of being violently attacked,” said District Attorney Thompson.

The Bedford-Stuyvesant resident pleaded guilty on Jan. 25 to two counts of first-degree robbery.