The man who killed 21-year-old Chaney Hawthorne in 2016 and buried his body will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Nicholas R. Hester, 30, was found guilty of capital murder and tampering with evidence on Wednesday, according to the Tarrant County district attorney’s office.
He will receive a life sentence without parole on the capital murder charge.
The punishment phase on tampering charge will begin Thursday morning.
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Hester was charged in August 2016 with Hawthorne’s murder after he was found driving Hawthorne’s truck in Texarkana. Hawthorne had been reported missing by his family five days earlier.
His remains weren’t found for another two months. They were discovered by children as they played in a wooded area in a field in southwest Fort Worth, authorities said.