BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - One of two men accused of conspiring to kill a South Dakota man in North Dakota has been sentenced to life in prison.
26-year-old Theo Crowe earlier pleaded guilty in Bismarck to felony conspiracy to commit murder for his role in the killing of 18-year-old John Swain.
Swain was reported missing in mid-May after moving to Bismarck from Sioux Falls, S.D., in search of work.
Crowe's co-defendant, 20-year-old Joshua Clark, pleaded not guilty to the same charge and his case is scheduled for trial in March.
Police say Clark and Crowe lured Swain into a Bismarck home, hit him with a hammer and cut off his legs.
Authorities say Swain's body was found in June at the home of Crowe's grandmother in Poplar, Mont.