Ronald Keis was convicted in a February 2017 break-in and assault

A Dover man, Ronald Keis, 51, effectively will spend the rest of his life in prison following sentencing Jan. 19 in a case involving a break-in and assault against an elderly woman.

Keis was sentenced to 68 years imprisonment after pleading guilty in November to charges of first-degree robbery, home invasion and second-degree assault. He was accused of breaking into the home on Hickory Dale Drive, Dover, in February 2017, and robbing and then beating the 69-year-old occupant.

The victim told police Keis had demanded she turn over her money, but punched and kicked her before she could do so, according to police reports. The woman was treated at Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus for non-life-threatening injuries.

A description broadcast over police radios allows officers to identify Keis within 90 minutes of the break-in and he was arrested while walking in the area of Scarborough Road and North Dupont Highway. The woman’s money was found in his pockets, police reports indicated.

Keis faced at least 58 years in prison if he were convicted because of his record as a habitual offender.