Jerome Bernard Lockley was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday for felony murder and a handgun violation in the 1997 shooting death of a Waynesboro, Pa., man during a robbery behind the Adult Book Store in Hagerstown.
"If you take a life, you forfeit your freedom for the rest of your life," Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick Wright told Lockley after listening to an emotional outpouring by the mother of victim Matthew Hovis.
After talking about her son's life in music and church and volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in Waynesboro, Linda Hovis told Lockley that she and her family will never forgive him.
"It's tough to picture your son with a gun to his head ... it won't go away," Linda Hovis said.
Wright also gave Lockley, 19, a 20-year concurrent sentence for use of a handgun in commission of a crime. He told the family he was sorry.