MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — A man has been sentenced to life in prison for beating an 82-year-old woman to death in a South Carolina motel room.

Prosecutor Jimmy Richardson said 70-year-old Rickey Wilson was found guilty of murder in a trial this week.

Police say Wilson met Virginia Eakers in May 2016 and was seen entering and leaving her room at the Rodeway Inn in Myrtle Beach.

Authorities say two days later workers at the motel found Eakers’ body in the room. Police say she had been beaten to death.

Richardson’s news release did not say why Wilson killed Eakers or how they met.

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