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UPDATE: Scott Miles Sentencing Continued

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UPDATE: The sentencing for the man convicted of killing his elderly mother in law in her Lynchburg home has been continued.

In March, a jury found Scott Miles guilty of first degree murder and recommended he spend 35 years in prison.
   
He was supposed to be sentenced Wednesday morning but that hearing was continued to September 14th.

In December of 2012, 86 year old Lynda Slocum was found dead in her Ravenwood Drive home.
   
Prosecutors say Miles beat her to death after she wouldn't give him money


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Lynchburg, VA - Thursday proved to be an emotional final day in court for the family and friends of Lynda Slocum. A jury Thursday announced their recommendation of a 35 year sentence for her murderer, 50 year old Scott Miles.

Slocum's sister, Charlotte Weathers told the court Thursday, for the past 15 months, has had a piece of her heart missing. Her sister's killer could spend the rest of his life in prison. Still, not enough she says for the man who took her best friend.

"I would've liked the death penalty" she said.

For Weathers, there will never be a happy ending to her sister's story.

"It was such a horrific murder. I don't see how it could ever be closure" said Weathers.

Her 86 year old sister, Lynda Slocum, was killed by 50 year old Scott Miles; sentenced Thursday to 35 years for her murder.

"The whole situation has been exceedingly difficult. But today was the finalization and I am happy it is over" she said.

"This was a horrible crime, extremely brutal, when you have an 86 year old woman, in the safety of her own home, who is brutalized by a man that she had cared for and had loved for the past 30 years" said Chuck Felmlee.

Lead Prosecutor, and Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney, Chuck Felmlee was "satisfied" with the sentence.

"They've essentially sent a message with a 35 year active prison sentence, that he's going to spend the functional equivalent of the rest of his life in prison for what he did" he said.

In December, 2012, Slocum was found dead inside her home. She was internally decapitated; killed by no weapon, only brute strength.

"The sentence was a, I think, a compromise" said Scott DeBruin.

DeBruin, Miles' defense attorney, said Miles acted in a single instance; a good man doing one horrible thing.

"There is a difference between a bad man that has a history, versus an individual that is basically a good individual that in one moment, does an extremely bad act" he said.

Miles' daughter 22 year old Monica Miles took to the stand to plead with the jury before the sentencing, saying she'll never have someone to walk her down the aisle or play with her children. The defense intends to appeal following a formal sentencing in July.

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