Man Sentenced To 65 Years To Life For Killing Elderly Man In January

A Redding man found guilty by a jury in January of murdering an elderly man has received a very long sentence. 77-year-old William Robert Humphries was found dead by his family in February of 2018 at his home on Gaucho Road, which is off Boyle near Old Alturas. Bill Humphries had been shot multiple times with a 22 caliber revolver by 37-year-old Chance Locken. The gun was stolen from one of Locken’s family members. Locken broke into Humphries’ house and murdered him, and also shot his 16-year-old dog. He then stole a number of guns from the home before setting fire to some grass near the home’s wooden deck. Locken was arrested a few days later on Dune Street and told Redding Police that he had awakened in an unfamiliar home near a dead man who had been shot. Locken has been sentenced to more than 65 years to life in state prison.