A man was supposed to pay for the cattle delivered to him but chose not to. Instead, he killed the two brothers who sold him the livestock and placed some of their remains in manure.
Now, the murderer will never walk free again.
Recently, a judge in Missouri sentenced Garland Nelson to life in prison for killing Nicholas and Justin Diemel on July 21, 2019, according to WFRV. He pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder.
The brothers lived in Wisconsin and visited Missouri to try and force Nelson to pay the $215,000 he owed, according to WFRV.
Between November 2018 and April 2019, the Diemels delivered loads of cattle to Nelson, according to WBAY. Nelson then sold, traded or killed the cattle without sending payment.
Nelson also pleaded guilty to federal charges related to the killing. Prosecutors said Nelson was entrusted with feeding and caring for 131 calves he co-owned. One day he dropped off a mere 35 calves at a Kansas farm he co-owned. Apparently, that was all that remained of the lot.
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When the brothers tried to get Nelson to pay, Nelson admitted that he shot the two men, placed their bodies in barrels and burned them, according to reports. He then dumped some remains in a pile of cow manure and the others in a mineral supplement bucket, which wasn’t found for a year.
Nicholas Diemel’s wife, Lisa, gave a statement to the court before the sentenced was handed down, according to WBAY. She said the last text she got from her husband told her goodnight and that he loved her.
“Nick and Justin were living their dream operating Diemel’s Livestock with their brother Brandon,” Lisa stated, according to WBAY.
She also said their children had been impacted by the loss of their father.
“I spent over half my life loving you and never would have imagined raising our four children on my own without you,” Lisa told the court. “We had big plans for our family’s future and it has been unimaginably hard coming to terms that I will forever navigate this life without you.”
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