PITTSBURG COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) - A Krebs man will serve five years in prison for covering up the July death of a Pittsburg County man.
Matthew Vermillion, 40, pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact in concealing the July death Bobby Joe Dalpoas Jr., 49.
Vermillion accepted a 15-year sentence in the custody of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections with all but the first five years suspended.
Vermillion was originally charged in August with first-degree murder along with Jimmy Nace, 46.
A third man, Pfc. Tyler Morgan, 21, is being prosecuted by the Army for his connection to Dalpoas' death.
Dalpoas' body was found July 4 partially burned and badly beaten inside the Bache Red Oak Cemetery east of McAlester.
An affidavit states Morgan told investigators Dalpoas was struck in the face by Nace and went down after being punched. Nace told investigators that it was Vermillion that struck Dalpoas in the face, the affidavit states.
The affidavit alleges the three men loaded Dalpoas in the back of Vermillion’s truck and drove Dalpoas to the cemetery where a concrete bench was dropped on the man’s head three times before Dalpoas was set on fire “to destroy evidence.”
A preliminary hearing conference for Nace is scheduled for Dec. 13.
(The McAlesterNews-Capital contributed to this story.)