By Associated Press - Thursday, October 15, 2020

BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) - A Bellevue man has been sentenced to two years in prison for moving the body of a man found shot to death in a park last year.

Armondo Becerra, 21, was sentenced after pleading no contest to tampering with physical evidence, the Omaha World-Herald reported Thursday.

Becerra is one of five people arrested in connection with the death of 19-year-old Matthew Brenden. Brenden’s body was found on Oct. 20, 2019, in Bellevue’s Faulkland Park. He had died from a single gunshot wound to the head. Prosecutors said Becerra helped move Brenden’s body from a Bellevue home where he was shot to the park.

Alyssa Edmisten and Emily Groff, both 19, have pleaded no contest to false reporting in the death, and Eric Palmquist, 22, pleaded no contest to tampering with physical evidence. All are set to be sentenced in November. Nolan Carpenter, 19, pleaded not guilty to tampering with physical evidence and is set to stand trial next month.

Edmisten has said Brenden shot himself at Carpenter’s home during a gathering, and the group decided to move his body to avoid talking with police because Carpenter’s parents were out of town and alcohol was present at the gathering, according to officials.

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