KENNEWICK, Wash. - A
Benton County judge has sentenced a man to life in prison without the
possibility of parole.
A jury convicted Grant
Scantling earlier this month of first degree aggravated murder. Scantling shot
and killed the roommate of his former fiance'.
Prosecutor Andy Miller
says Scantling broke into Ann Krebs' Kennewick home and shot Franklin Palmer,
24, in a jealous rage.
Thursday morning, Miller read a letter from Krebs, who wrote that Scantling was
a good father and had never been violent until he started taking drugs.
Speaking to the judge
briefly, Scantling said he wanted to express his condolences to the palmer's
But Miller wasn't
"He actually never
acknowledged during the trial or during the investigation that he was the one
who killed Mr. Palmer," Miller says. "He may have expressed remorse for the
family today, but he's never truly admitted to acknowledging what he did."
Scantling didn't testify during his trial, but his attorneys argued he
didn't premeditate the killing, but only became upset when Krebs wouldn't let
him visit their two young children.
Defense attorney Scott Johnson has appealed the conviction and sentence.