Kansas City Man Sentenced to 28 Years for Murdering Roommate
William M. Bell, a 29-year-old Kansas City resident, has been sentenced to 28 years in prison after being convicted of killing his roommate, Conrado Mendez Jr., and disposing of his body in Platte County. Bell pleaded guilty to the crime on November 16th.
Prosecutors revealed that Bell murdered Mendez in Kansas City, Missouri, and later disposed of his body in a rural area in Riverside, Platte County. Mendez’s body was discovered on April 9, 2020, by a person mowing in the area. Investigators stated that Bell had wrapped Mendez’s body in plastic and left it under a wooden footbridge. An autopsy determined that Mendez died from multiple gunshot injuries.
Investigation and Evidence
Detectives traced the label left on the plastic used to wrap Mendez’s body to a furniture dealer. The business provided investigators with information that led them to Bell. Court documents also showed that a pair of black gloves recovered from the crime scene contained DNA belonging to both Bell and Mendez. Furthermore, detectives were able to place a car similar to the one Bell owned near the location where Mendez’s body was found using surveillance video.
A judge sentenced Bell to 25 years in prison for second-degree murder, and an additional three years for counts of armed criminal action and abandoning a corpse. The armed criminal action count must run consecutively to the murder sentence, resulting in a total of 28 years in prison. Bell must serve at least 85% of the murder sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
Source: KCTV News
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