- Associated Press - Monday, December 17, 2018

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A man has been sentenced in the death of an Army veteran who had been missing for years before his remains were found behind a Georgia house.

News outlets report 32-year-old James Bradshaw Clement pleaded guilty Monday to concealing the death of another and making a false statement. A statement says he was sentenced to 15 years, with 8 years to serve in prison and seven years on probation.

Police say he was the last person to have seen 26-year-old Chase Massner before he disappeared in March 2014. Massner’s remains were discovered buried in the backyard of Clement’s former Kennesaw home in 2017.

Though it isn’t clear if drugs had a role in his death, an autopsy found methamphetamine and morphine in Massner’s system. Clement went on the run was eventually apprehended.

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