NE Mo. woman sentenced in drifter’s death

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The last of five members of a northeast Missouri family accused of killing a drifter from Ohio has pleaded guilty.

Angela Harvey, of Laddonia, pleaded guilty Monday in Boone County Circuit Court to second-degree murder, armed criminal action and kidnapping. KRCG-TV reports (http://bit.ly/nhIzzK) that Judge Kevin Crane sentenced Harvey to life in prison.

The case was moved to Boone County from Audrain County, where the frozen body of 20-year-old James William Boyd McNeely was found in a tractor trailer in December 2009.

Harvey’s husband, truck driver Chester Harvey Jr., and his three sons all pleaded guilty earlier and received varying sentences.

Chester Harvey has said he picked McNeely up in Denver and brought him to Missouri. He has said McNeely was suffocated because he became violent with members of the family.

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Information from: KRCG-TV, http://www.krcg.com

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