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Scantling to Spend Rest of Life in Prison

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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.

Before sentencing 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 family.

But Miller wasn't swayed. 

"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.