Oskaloosa Ronald Decker will be an old man if he ever gets out of prison for killing a man and then burying the body in his back yard.
Decker 52, was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for the October 1999 shooting death of Lloyd Wayne Green, 43, rural McLouth. Decker will be 77 before eligible for parole.
Jefferson County District Court Judge Gary Nafziger rejected motions for a new trial or acquittal made by Decker's attorney, Michael Ireland.
Ireland said he thought a mummified picture of Green's body shown to the jury inflamed emotions and prejudiced it toward a guilty verdict on a charge of first-degree murder.
Ireland argued again that Decker's shooting of Green was not premeditated, a requirement for a first-degree murder conviction.
He said he will appeal.
Decker declined to speak to the judge or to Green's family before sentencing.
Assistant Jefferson County Atty. Vic Braden said Decker and Green got into an argument Oct. 4, 1999. Decker shot and killed Green in Decker's rural McLouth mobile home, then used a backhoe to scrape the body off the back porch into a grave, Braden said.
Jefferson County Sheriff's officers and Kansas Bureau of Investigation agents found Green's body July 9, after obtaining information about the killing and burial. Decker was already in jail for domestic battery.