The convictions include elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon, both felonies, said Siskiyou County District Attorney Kirk Andrus.

Transient Ryan Andrew Poling will be sentenced next month after being convicted Jan. 23 of beating a 75 year-old wheelchair-bound man who allowed him to stay in his Mount Shasta home.

The convictions include elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon, both felonies, said Siskiyou County District Attorney Kirk Andrus.

Poling was arrested by Mount Shasta Police Department officers on July 25, 2019 in the Mount Shasta Burger King parking lot after a concerned citizen requested the MSPD to conduct a welfare check on the victim, who had been allowing transients to stay at his home, Andrus said.

MSPD Officer Walter Moore responded to the victim’s home and found he had been beaten by a suspect believed to be Poling. He’s accused of striking the victim in the head with a telephone and breaking a cane on the victim’s arms, causing injuries.

Poling, age 42, was on parole at the time of this incident and is in custody at the Siskiyou County Jail. His sentencing is scheduled for March 3 and the prosecutor handling the case is Deputy District Attorney Michael DeArton.