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