By Associated Press - Tuesday, August 28, 2018

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) - A couple convicted of killing a man at a Bowman motel two years ago have been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Madison West of Dickinson and Chase Swanson of Bowman were convicted in February of conspiracy to commit murder in the August 2016 slaying of 23-year-old Rhame resident Nicholas Johnson. KFYR-TV reports they were sentenced Monday.

Authorities say Johnson was beaten, strangled and sodomized at the El-Vu Motel. Swanson and West were later arrested in Denver, where authorities say they had driven Johnson’s pickup truck.

Johnson’s mother and father said they were satisfied with the sentence.

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