ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) – A Missouri man was sentenced to 15 years in prison after admitting that he fatally shot his uncle and burned the body in a field.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports 27-year-old Nicholas Preli of St. Charles was sentenced Monday after reaching a plea agreement and pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter, armed criminal action, and evidence tampering.
Preli admitted shooting his uncle, 59-year-old Paul Fischer, on Fischer’s farm in February 2017. Fischer’s body was later found in a burning woodpile in a farm field in St. Charles County.
Authorities say the two men fought after Fischer complained Preli had cut ruts in a gravel driveway with an ATV. Preli told police his uncle had a hammer and he shot the man when he turned toward him with the hammer.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch