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Jury recommends 35 years in Va. murder trial

Friday - 3/21/2014, 7:30am  ET

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) -- A jury is recommending 35 years in prison for a Richmond man who was convicted of killing his 86-year-old mother-in-law in Lynchburg.

According to media reports, sentencing is scheduled for July 16 for 50-year-old Scott Crissman Miles for the beating death of Lynda Yeatts Slocum. Jurors who convicted Miles on Wednesday of first-degree murder recommended the 35-year sentence on Thursday.

Prosecutors say Miles killed Slocum in her Lynchburg home on Dec. 19, 2012. Police found her body in a chair covered with a blanket and a 25-pound magazine rack.

Miles' attorney, Scott De Bruin, said he will appeal the verdict and seek a lesser sentence.

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