Son who beat mother to death with bat gets life in prison

TUALATIN, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man who beat his 74-year-old mother to death with a baseball bat has been sentenced to life in prison. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports a Washington County circuit court judge on Monday sentenced 47-year-old Garth Beams, of Tualatin, for the 2018 killing. Beams was convicted of second-degree murder and unlawful use of a weapon. The Washington County District Attorney’s office said in a statement that Beams will be eligible for parole after 25 years. Prosecutors said Beams attacked his mother, author and screenwriter Wendy Jane Henson, in a fit of rage.