SUMTER — A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison for breaking into a Sumter woman’s home, beating her to death with a vase and taking thousands of dollars from a safe.

The Item of Sumter reports (http://bit.ly/pyXoU6 ) that Tervin Goodman pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree burglary and murder in the death of 67-year-old Mary Hunter.

Prosecutor John Meadors says it appears Hunter was quilting when Goodman broke into her home in 2008. His fingerprint was found on the vase used to kill Hunter, and her blood was found on his shoes.

Authorities say Goodman took money and Hunter’s car. Police say he was still using the vehicle four days after the widow was killed.

Goodman said little after pleading guilty, but his lawyer said he was remorseful.