Perry Ford sentenced for murdering 75-year-old woman

Perry Ford Jr., 19. (Escambia County Jail)

ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR) - A Pensacola man has been sentenced to life in prison for murder. An Escambia County jury found him guilty of first-degree murder.

Perry Ford Jr., 19, was accused of robbing a 75-year-old woman at her home in the 5300 block of Flintwood Circle.

According to Det. Chrisopher Forehand with the Pensacola Police Department, Ford had been hired to do odd jobs for Carolyn Barnes while she recovered from hip surgery.

Investigators believe the elderly woman opened her door for him around 12:52 a.m. on Sept. 9, 2016 and allowed him inside.

A friend discovered her lifeless body when Barnes didn’t answer her phone.

Ford had been charged with one “open count of murder and armed robbery.”

His attorney said there was no DNA evidence linking him to the crime scene.

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