Vietnam veteran Edward Schaefer, 64, was walking last month along 5th Street in Olney, a few blocks from his home, when a group of young thugs jumped him, pummeling him hard enough to fracture his face.
"There's information we got from a friend of those kids that [showed] the whole thing was planned. They were going to 'go f--- somebody up,' " a police supervisor with knowledge of the case told the Daily News. "It's a sad thing these a--holes picked on an elderly war veteran."
Two suspects in the case were sentenced to the maximum of four years in a juvenile detention facility yesterday.
Laurence Steinberg, a Temple University professor who studies adolescent behavior, attributed the attacks to the teens' upbringing - or lack thereof.