A Utah man described as a "one-man crime wave" has been sentenced to five years in prison for helping dispose of the body of 23-year-old Danny Pratt after he was murdered.
But Robert Meeks, 29, Salt Lake City, will not begin serving that sentence until he completes a two- to three-year prison term for an earlier violation of his probation on grand theft and burglary charges."If I could, I would change places with Danny," Meeks said as 6th District Judge Peter McDermott Monday imposed the maximum sentence on the accessory charge.
Meeks, Jeremiah Martin and Lawrence Bingaman all were charged with being accessories to murder in the slaying of Pratt, whose body was found last March along a Power County road with a bullet to the skull. Authorities said the Pocatello man had been dead about a month.
Prosecutors allege Pratt was killed by George Turner, 37, in a dispute over several hundred dollars.
Turner, who is charged with first-degree murder, was found incompetent to stand trial in late June and was transferred to a prison mental unit for 90 days.
Bingaman's trial is scheduled for September.