A Hopkins teenager was sentenced to 50 years in jail Friday in the brutal beating death last year of 91-year-old Frances Rawl, a former state legislator and World War II veteran.
Jesse Ray Lane, 18, pleaded guilty to the July 6, 2010, fatal attack, which was committed during a break-in at the victims home on Woodlawn Avenue off Garners Ferry Road.
During a hearing last year for one of Lanes alleged accomplices an unidentified 15-year-old prosecutors said Lane and two others charged in the crime ended up at Rawls duplex after first trying to break into a business but being scared away by an alarm.
They then broke into Rawls home, where Lane occasionally had mowed the lawn for money, prosecutors said. Rawl was beaten with a metal pipe while in bed.
Lanes alledged accomplices told police that they saw blood splattered on Lanes forearms when he returned to the car where they waited for him.