Victor Scott showed little reaction Thursday when he learned he would spend most of the rest of his life in prison.
The man convicted of beating, then kidnapping 38-year-old Corwin Lee from the Augusta Super Inn two years ago glanced back several times at a young woman crying in the courtroom before a bailiff led him away.
A jury deliberated just under two hours -- with an overnight break in between -- before returning a guilty verdict for Scott on charges of kidnapping with bodily injury and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Richmond County Chief Superior Court Judge Carlisle Overstreet sentenced Scott to the mandatory sentence -- life, plus five years for the gun charge.
Scott is one of two men to be tried for Lee's kidnapping in Georgia, and he will now face a murder trial for Lee's death in South Carolina.
According to police, the crime took place after a night of partying on Dec. 23, 2007. They said Lee was beaten and stuffed into the trunk of a car by Scott after a drug deal went bad. Lee's burned body was found a few days later in a wooded area near the Fifth Street Bridge in North Augusta.
Assistant District Attorney Philip Catalano said the citizens of Augusta could be proud of the jury for returning a guilty verdict, although he believed true justice would have been somewhat harsher.
Scott's co-defendant, Javell Gordon, testified during the trial and was expected to take a plea deal of 20 years in jail and 10 years probation. He backed out of that arrangement, however, and will go on trial next month on kidnapping and gun charges.