BILLINGS, MONTANA (WIFR) -- More then a year and a half after a Rockford man was kidnapped from a Montana hotel room and murdered. One of the defendants has finally admitted to the crime.
James Walker, 34, pled guilty in court to deliberate homicide by accountability and kidnapping. It's part of a plea agreement where prosecutors will recommend Walker gets 60 years in prison.
Walker and Simon Jacobson posed as cops and kidnapped Dejuan Laster, 29, from his hotel room in January of 2013. Jacobson shot Laster and hid his body just northeast of Billings. Jacobson already was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A Billings man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing an Illinois man who was robbed, kidnapped, shot in the head and beaten with a shovel so violently that it broke.
Twenty-nine-year-old Simon Elliot Jacobson will not be eligible for parole under the terms of state District Judge Gregory Todd's sentence Friday.
Jacobson pleaded guilty in June to kidnapping, homicide and robbery charges.
He and an accomplice posed as FBI agents to kidnap Dejuan Laster of Rockford, Ill., from his Billings motel room in January 2013. After robbing Laster of $8,000, they drove him to a remote area outside Billings where Jacobson killed him and stashed his body in a culvert.
Jacobson received an additional 50 years in prison for 11 Montana casino robberies prior to Laster's killing.