A man killed a victim and buried him in a shallow grave. Then he and others used his cell phone to mislead his family and police into believing he was still alive.
Now, one suspect will head to prison for nearly a century.
Recently, a judge in Alabama sentenced Andrew Maresh to 99 years in prison for the intentional murder of Daniel Ray Osborn II, according to ABC 33/40. The victim was shot in the back of the head in February 2018.
Investigators said Osborn was with Maresh and Tyler Hudson at the home of Susan Smith, who was Maresh’s grandmother, according to ABC 33/40. The home was in Fairview, Alabama.
After the murder, Maresh and Smith buried the body in a shovel-dug grave, police said.
Shortly after the killing, Osborn’s family filed a missing person report with police. Prosecutors said the defendants used Osborn’s cellphone to mislead his family, friends and law enforcement to make it seem like Osborn was alive.
Several weeks later, police went to the property after getting a tip and found Osborn’s remains, according to ABC 33/40.
In October, Maresh was convicted of murder and sentenced to about a century in prison. The trials against Hudson and Smith are pending.
After he was convicted, prosecutors released a statement to the Cullman Tribune.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Daniel Ray Osborn, II. We are grateful that the jury was able to see through the many lies of Maresh in returning their verdict of guilty for intentional murder,” said District Attorney Wilson Blaylock, according to the Tribune. “Our office will request Judge Martha Williams to impose the maximum punishment of life against Maresh at his sentencing hearing, which will occur at a later date. The trial and guilty verdict of Maresh is only the end of just one chapter in this sad story. We will be here for Osborn’s family until the trials of the two other co-defendants are completed. Justice was served today, and we will continue to seek justice on behalf of Osborn’s family.”