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Hopkins teenager sentenced in beating death of former state legislator

Apr 15, 2011 7:22:00 PM - thestate.com
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 victim’s home on Woodlawn Avenue off Garner’s Ferry Road.

During a hearing last year for one of Lane’s alleged accomplices — an unidentified 15-year-old — prosecutors said Lane and two others charged in the crime ended up at Rawl’s duplex after first trying to break into a business but being scared away by an alarm.

They then broke into Rawl’s home, where Lane occasionally had mowed the lawn for money, prosecutors said. Rawl was beaten with a metal pipe while in bed.

Lane’s alledged accomplices told police that they saw blood splattered on Lane’s forearms when he returned to the car where they waited for him.