“The death penalty is reserved for the worst of the worst,” Scott’s attorney told the panel, saying his client is “not the worst of the worst.” Another man, Ronnie Johnson, who was charged along with Scott, was convicted of Trice’s murder and is serving a life prison sentence without the possibility of parole.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A 28-year-old man convicted of murdering two people during separate robberies in the Antelope Valley in 2003 was sentenced today today to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Ernest Scott apologized to the families of Victoria Gnerlich and Charles Trice before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Bob S. Bowers Jr. imposed the sentence. “I regret it every day,” he said. “I never thought I would be responsible for shattering someone’s family.” Scott was convicted July 30 of first-degree murder for the July 2003 slaying of Victoria Gnerlich and the October 2003 killing of Charles Trice in Littlerock. Jurors recommended on Aug. 17 that Scott be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole rather than the death penalty. Gnerlich, who was 46 and had multiple sclerosis, was beaten and hit over the head with a crockery pot. She tried to crawl a few steps to the front of her store, Victoria’s Antique Garden, along Pearblossom Highway, Deputy District Attorney Robert Sherwood told jurors in his closing argument. Scott left his fingerprint on a jar Gnerlich had in the store to collect donations for the Multiple Sclerosis Society — a container that was found empty on the floor, Sherwood said. About 2 1/2 months later, Trice, 76, was bound and beaten and left to die of asphyxiation and a neck injury in his Littlerock home. In his closing argument, defense attorney Morton Philip Borenstein told jurors they could do the right thing by recommending a life prison sentence.