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Feb. 17, 2014ST. JOSEPH, Mo. |  By: Associated Press

St. Joseph Murder

A St. Joseph man has pleaded guilty to participating in
the beating death of a man whose body was dumped near the Missouri River in
Leavenworth, Kan.
Forty-nine-year-old Martin Rilinger pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree
murder in the September murder of 38-year-old Jason Davies. Authorities say
Davies was killed at a St. Joseph apartment before his body was taken to the
river.
Another suspect, 39-year-old Robert Jarrell, is also charged in the case.
The St. Joseph News-Press reports that Rilinger was sentenced to 15 years in
prison.
Rillinger told the court Jarrell was beaten with a frying pan and baseball bat
during a fight. No one in the apartment stopped the fight, and they eventually
took the body to the river, using a wheelbarrow to dispose of it.