EAU CLAIRE, WI (WTAQ) - A former Ladysmith man will spend 15 years in prison for strangling another man in an argument over money, and burying his body in a rural area.
46-year-old Larry Fernandez struck a plea deal with Eau Claire County prosecutors. He pleaded no contest Tuesday to a reduced charge of second-degree reckless homicide. A charge of hiding a corpse was dropped, along with several other counts of making threats and battery to a prisoner.
Prosecutors said Fernandez strangled Frederick "Brian" Harvey at the victim's mobile home in Eau Claire in 2012, and he later buried Harvey's body on rural land near Bruce in Rusk County.
Harvey's family reported him missing. They believed Fernandez was involved due to the convict's violent past -- and because he gave the family wrong information.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)