LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. — A man convicted in a 2012 asphyxiation killing
in which the victim was bound up with 30 feet of duct tape in his Lake Havasu
City home is going to prison for life.
The Today’s News-Herald reports a Mohave County
Superior Court judge sentenced Michael A. Mears on Friday to life with the
possibility of parole after 25 years.
Judge Derek Carlisle said prosecutors failed to prove that Mears intentionally
killed Brett Kelly or that other factors justified life imprisonment without
Jurors convicted Mears in July of first-degree murder. An attorney for Mears
said he plans to appeal the conviction.
A county medical examiner testified that Kelly, whose neck was pressed against
a couch, died of positional asphyxiation.
Authorities said Mears’ fingerprints were on the duct tape.
Information from: Today’s News-Herald, http://www.havasunews.com