Third Man Sentenced in Death of Missing Man Found in Grave
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a third defendant in a Montana case for his involvement in a cover-up after a man fatally collapsed in a Billings Heights home following a 2017 fight.
The Billings Gazette reported Monday that 30-year-old Tyler Nathaniel Crawford was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison in Yellowstone County District Court.
Authorities say 33-year-old Rory Wanner got into a fight inside Crawford’s home in June 2017 before he collapsed, seized and stopped breathing.
Prosecutors say Crawford used bleach to clean blood while others took his body to a remote area where he was later found in a shallow grave.
Two other men Michael Leclair and William Hoffert are serving prison sentences for evidence tampering.
Crawford’s attorney Chuck Watson says it was Leclair who fought with Wanner.
Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com