BARSTOW A man found guilty of murdering a Barstow woman during a robbery and setting her house on fire in December of 2008 was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole plus 12 years.

On Friday morning at the Fontana courthouse Judge Steven Mapes sentenced Thomas Reed, 22, for the murder of Evelyn Scott, 58, whose body was found inside her burning home on Arbor Way on December 12, 2008, by firefighters.

Reed was convicted of first-degree murder, robbery, burglary, two counts of receiving stolen property, arson, and vehicle theft in connection with the Scott's death.

An autopsy determined that Scott died of blunt force trauma.

According to court testimony, Reed had known his victim's family since he was a child and lived down the street from the Scott house when he was a child.

Numerous victim impact statements were read at the sentencing in regard to Scott's kindness and good nature.

Reed's sentencing was delayed 25 times as he sought to avoid a third strike conviction.

Deputy District attorney Sean Daugherty said that Reed tried to get a new trial and also withdraw a plea for a Fontana burglary. New attorneys brought on at Reed's request found no grounds for a new trial, and Reed was unsuccessful in withdrawing his burglary plea.

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