Man sentenced to life for killing retired teacher

58-year-old woman found dead in home on Christmas Day 2007

Published On: Nov 28 2011 04:29:48 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 09 2011 12:39:02 PM EST
Gytonia Cheek and Quritus Lowe

A 24-year-old man convicted of first-degree murder in the death of a 58-year-old retired school teacher was sentenced Thursday.

Quritus Lowe II was sentenced to two life sentences, one for murder and one for burglary of a dwelling with assault or battery, plus 30 years in prison for robbery with a weapon in the killing of Myrtle McKinney four years ago in Palatka.

Myrtle McKinney On Christmas Day in 2007, McKinney's nephew went to check on his aunt, but what he found was a crime scene. McKinney was found bound, gagged, blindfolded and beaten to death in her own apartment.

McKinney was last seen by a neighbor three days prior.

Melissa Watson, Gytonia Cheek and Barbara Mundy were also charged in connection with McKinney's death; Mundy testified in Lowe's trial. Cheek is scheduled for trial on Jan. 23 and the other co-defendants have yet to be scheduled for trial.