Denver, Colorado: Benjamin Satterthwaite was sentenced to 30 years in state prison on Friday, November 12 for the December 2020 death of Joshua Lockard.
Despite investigators inability to determine a cause of death for Lockard, 29-year-old Satterthwaite pleaded guilty on September 9 to the charge of second degree murder. As a part of the plea deal, Satterthwaite faced a possible sentence between 25 and 30 years.
At the time of the plea the District Attorney Beth McCann office said, "We thank Mr. Lockard's family for supporting our decision to accept Mr. Satterwaithe's guilty plea. This was a horrific murder, however, the cause of Mr. Lockard's death was never determined which makes his guilty plea and potential sentence length an appropriate outcome."
In exchange for the guilty plea, charges of first degree murder and tampering with a deceased human body were dropped.
CBS4 reports that Lockard's head, arms, and lower left leg were never located.