A defendant who pleaded no contest to strangling a man in a dispute over money and burying his body has been sentenced to 15 years in prison in Eau Claire County Circuit Court.
Larry Fernandez entered the plea and was found guilty of second-degree reckless homicide in the 2012 death of Frederick "Brian" Harvey at the victim's trailer home in Eau Claire. A number of other felony charges, including hiding a corpse, were dismissed in an agreement with prosecutors.
Family members filed a missing persons report after Harvey disappeared. The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram says the family believed Fernandez was involved because of a violent past and because he'd given them false information.
Fernandez was accused of burying Harvey's body on rural property near Bruce in Rusk County......