- Associated Press - Friday, March 10, 2017

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) - A Kingman man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison in the hatchet killing of a former houseguest during a fight.

The Kingman Daily Miner (https://goo.gl/CJ01g5 ) reports that 29-year-old Joshua Matthew McCoy was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty in February to second-degree murder in the killing of Gregory Thomas Godsil.

McCoy bludgeoned Godsil with a hatchet, striking him in the head. McCoy then wrapped the body in plastic and was trying to bury it in his backyard when his girlfriend called police.

Godsil had been allowed to live in McCoy’s garage for a week in exchange for mechanical work.

McCoy changed the locks, but Godsil returned to kick the door in.

McCoy was originally charged with first-degree murder.

He was credited with 588 days served in custody.

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