A drifter who beat a disabled man to death with a crutch in downtown San Diego has been sentenced to 16 years to life in state prison.
Ross Shane Ivy was sentenced Friday after he was convicted last month of second-degree murder for killing Gregory Willis in April 2008.
Ivy claimed he heard a derogatory comment and threw a 5-pound Bible at the 41-year-old Willis, who has an artificial leg and was sitting in a wheelchair. Ivy grabbed Willis' crutch and beat him.
Prosecutors say Willis died of a heart attack brought on by the beating and other pre-existing medical conditions.
Ivy apologized to Willis' family but the victim's mother, Karen Ready, said she hopes Ivy rots in prison.