Gang member sentenced to 130 years in prison for attempted murder of 80-year-old woman

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - On Tuesday, a local gang member was sentenced to 130 years in prison in the attempted murder of an 80-year-old woman.

In October, Rayon Norwood was convicted of nine counts, and found not guilty on three more. The strongest convictions were for attempted murder, torture and weapons charges.

Police say Norwood was one of at least three people involved in the robbery on July 6, 2016 of 80-year-old Florence McKay at her home in Southwest Bakersfield.

Norwood, who was 24 at the time, forced entry into McKay's home, where he and two others beat and shot her, according to prosecutors.

The three attacked McKay she was unable to open a gun safe and held her hostage overnight, according to officials.

They took the safe and left McKay for dead, prosecutors said.

An accomplice, Asia Davis, was convicted of nine charges including robbery and torture, but has not been sentenced yet.

Charges against the third defendant were dropped.


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