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Kenneth Chambers Sentenced

Published: Sep. 12, 2007 at 10:24 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 20, 2007 at 10:31 PM EDT
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A Columbus man who plead guilty to a three-year-old murder will spend the rest of his life behind bars.  Kenneth Chambers admitted Tuesday to killing 80-year-old Yanina Sample in her columbus home in 2004.

Sample stood just over 4 feet tall and was a petite lady who did not mind helping anyone.  That's just one trait of Sample her family misses the most.  "I miss her generosity.  She was the type person that no matter what you needed, if there was anything she could do for you she did it," said Victim's Daughter-In-Law Betty Sample.

In September of 2004, police say Kenneth Chambers was homeless and told them he broke into Yanina Sample's Drake Strret home to get food. Family members say she was beaten and strangled.  The coroner's office says she died due to blunt-force trauma.  Tuesday her murderer Chambers was sentenced to life without the chance of parole for murder.  However, Sampler's family still feels justice has not been served.  "I'll never have my mother-in-law back and he's going to live his life.  He's going to have three meals a day.  We will never see her again," said Sample.

Family members say if they could see her again they have a lot to say.  "I'd tell her how much I loved her and how much she means to us.  I just hate the fact that she will not see her great grandchild grow up and he was a year old when she was killed," said Sample.

Police say Chambers was connected to the murder through DNA and fingerprint samples found at and near the scene.  The family wanted chambers to get the death penalty.

Muscogee County Superior Court Judge Bobby Peters sentenced him to life instead.