AMHERST, Va. -

An Appomattox man will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing his wife at an Amherst County motel.

Sylvester Cheatham received his formal sentence from a judge Tuesday morning.  A jury convicted Cheatham on murder charges back in March.

The killing happened last August at the Executive Inn in Madison Heights.  Prosecutors say Cheatham lured his estranged wife, Arnita, to the motel and beat her to death with a heavy object while she was sleeping.