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Shooter sentenced to life for killing neighbor

James Richardson, 51, shakes the hand of his attorney, Jack Hoag, after being sentenced to life in prison by Judge Randy Koschnick at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Jefferson on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Watertown Daily Times, Samantha Christian)

JEFFERSON, Wis. (AP) — A man has been sentenced in Jefferson County to life in prison without the possibility of parole for fatally shooting a neighbor whose body was found in a storage bin nearly two weeks after he was killed.

Fifty-one-year-old James Richardson waived his right to a jury trial and pleaded guilty to charges last month. Twenty-eight-year-old Beau Butschke of Ixonia was shot with a rifle Richardson had stolen from him weeks earlier following a dispute over lawn mowing and other chores at their duplex.

Prosecutors say Richardson and an accomplice, James Richards, hid Butschke’s body at a storage facility in Ixonia then went home and drank beer and ate brats they had stolen from the victim.

WISN-TV says Richardson met Richards, who was homeless, two weeks before the crime.

Information from: WISN-TV, http://www.wisn.com

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