An Appomattox man convicted of murdering his estranged wife will spend the rest of his life in prison. Sylvester Cheatham was found guilty in March to the beating death of Arnita Cheatham at the Executive Inn Motel in Madison Heights last August. The 49 year old, claimed at his trial that he hit her with an object because she pulled a gun on him during an argument. Prosecutors called the murder an act of revenge over money. The judge on Tuesday upheld the jury’s recommendation in sentencing of life, despite the defense asking that it be lowered to 25 years.