CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Handley man will spend up to 20 years in prison for the beating death of an 81-year-old Kellys Creek man, a Kanawha County judge ruled on Friday.
Ernest Lyle Young Jr., 28, was sentenced Friday on second-degree murder charges in the death of Wilfred Naylor. Prosecutors said Young bludgeoned the elderly man to death with a hickory police baton, or riot stick.
Young alleged that Naylor was making sexual advances toward him the night of the killing, and a psychologist hired by the defense said Young told them Naylor had sexually abused him as a child.
"I express my deep sorrow for your loss," Young told Naylor's son, Greg, during Friday's hearing. "I could tell you I'm sorry, sir, a million times to your face and it wouldn't lessen your sadness."
During Friday's sentencing hearing, Dr. Timothy Saar, a psychologist, said that Naylor befriended Young several years ago, and Young eventually came to regard Naylor as a father figure.
In June 2011, after his wife had filed a domestic violence protective order against him in Kanawha County Magistrate Court, Young called Naylor to pick him up because he did not have a place to stay that night.
At one point, Naylor and Young had an argument in Naylor's vehicle. Naylor allegedly grabbed his own crotch and made sexual comments to Young. He continued to make the advances when they arrived at his house, according to Young's statements to Saar.
At the house, Naylor allegedly continued to make advances and at one point backed Young into a corner with the riot stick and threatened to kill him. Young, according to the doctor, "stepped outside of himself," lost control of his emotions and beat Naylor to death with the baton.