GLENDIVE, Mont. (AP) — An eastern Montana man who pleaded guilty to helping a murder suspect destroy or hide evidence and failing for months to tell officers what he knew about the death has been sentenced to four years in prison.
KXGN reports 33-year-old Joel Grimes of Savage was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison with six suspended. He pleaded guilty in July to tampering with evidence and obstructing justice in the December 2012 stabbing death of Matt Wiseman.
Prosecutors alleged Grimes helped Levi Stark burn bloody clothing and get rid of the murder weapon. An investigator testified that Grimes knew Stark was going to either hurt or kill Wiseman and did not notify police. Officers questioned Grimes five times over the course of a year before he finally told them what happened.
Stark is serving a 120-year prison sentence.