- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) - A Marshalltown man has been sentenced to 87 years in prison in the October death of a man whose fingers, teeth and patches of tattooed skin were removed from his body.

The sentence Monday for Jeremy Gartin, 30, follows a conviction in December of voluntary manslaughter, abuse of a corpse and carrying a concealed weapon, the Marshalltown Times-Republican reported (http://bit.ly/1doYef1 ).

David Warnell, 57, of Garwin, was found wrapped in a sleeping bag in Gartin’s home basement. He was shot in the head with a .44 revolver, and parts of his body and other evidence were found in bags set for garbage collection.

Gartin, dressed in orange and with his feet and hands shackled, apologized to Warnell’s family during a brief statement Monday. He had testified that he accidentally shot Warnell during a drug deal dispute.

“I am sorry for what happened, and I am sorry for their loss,” he said.

The bulk of Gartin’s sentence stems from drug and gun charges filed after his trial testimony, the newspaper reported. Gartin said he was high on methamphetamine when he and another man, Max E. Nelson Jr., decided to remove parts of Warnell’s body so it couldn’t be identified.

Nelson, who cooperated with authorities, pleaded guilty in December to one count of delivering meth as part of a plea deal. He was later sentenced to less than three years in prison.

Gartin’s testimony at trial included details about selling meth, including to Warnell on the night of his death. He later made a plea agreement with prosecutors. His sentence carries a mandatory 20 years in prison as well at a $150,000 payment.

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Information from: Times-Republican, http://www.timesrepublican.com

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