UPDATED Wednesday, January 15, 2014 --- 8:52 a.m.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) -- A defendant who pleaded no contest to strangling a man in a dispute over money and burying his body has been sentenced to 15 years in prison in Eau Claire County Circuit Court.
Larry Fernandez entered the plea and was found guilty of second-degree reckless homicide in the 2012 death of Frederick "Brian" Harvey at the victim's trailer home in Eau Claire. A number of other felony charges, including hiding a corpse, were dismissed in an agreement with prosecutors.
Family members filed a missing persons report after Harvey disappeared. The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram says the family believed Fernandez was involved because of a violent past and because he'd given them false information.
Fernandez was accused of burying Harvey's body on rural property near Bruce in Rusk County.
Copyright 2014: Associated Press
Posted Tuesday, October 16, 2012 --- 11:01 p.m.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin man is accused of strangling another man with a belt in an argument over money.
The Leader-Telegram reports 45-year-old Larry Fernandez of Ladysmith was charged Tuesday in Eau Claire County with first-degree intentional homicide.
Eau Claire Police Chief Jerry Matysik says Fernandez strangled 52-year-old Brian Harvey at Harvey's home in August and dumped his body in Rusk County.
Matysik says another man witnessed the murder and saw Fernandez conceal Harvey's body.
Fernandez was arrested Thursday. He told authorities where to find Harvey's body, but said the other man committed the murder while the three men were at Harvey's trailer.
Human remains were found Monday and an autopsy identified them as Harvey's.
Fernandez is in jail on $1 million cash bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 30.
Copyright 2012: Associated Press