A MISSOURI man has pleaded guilty to the murders of two brothers after they boarded a plane but never returned home.
Garland J Nelson was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences on Friday after withdrawing his not-guilty plea.
Brothers Justin Diemel, 24, and Nick Diemel, 35, had traveled to Missouri from their home in Wisconsin to meet with Nelson.
They disappeared on July 21, 2019.
Her last known whereabouts were on a farm in Braymer, Caldwell County, Missouri.
The brothers were reported missing by their father after they flew to nearby Kansas City but never returned.
Nine days later, human remains were found at the farm.
Clinton County Sheriff Larry Fish said the remains were found cremated under a dung heap.
In July 2019, Nelson was arrested – but the murder charge was not announced for another three months.
The brothers met with Nelson to discuss a “financial matter,” according to indictment documents seen by the Kansas City Star.
Nelson reportedly owed the brothers $250,000 for cattle, their father told police, and went to the farm to collect the money.
DNA testing later revealed that the remains found at the farm belonged to one of the two missing men.
The remains of the other were found months later in a Lincoln County, Nebraska cattle trailer that had reportedly been purchased in Missouri.
The brothers’ family reached a $2 million settlement in 2020 after a wrongful death lawsuit was filed.
Nelson, his mother Tomme Feil and his family’s cattle company, J4S Enterprises, were all named in the lawsuit.
When the two brothers were murdered in July 2019, Nelson was on probation after serving a 17-month federal sentence on cattle and insurance fraud charges.
Nelson was also originally charged with abandoning a body, tampering with physical evidence, carrying out armed criminal activity and tampering with a motor vehicle, but these were dropped in a settlement agreement, the St. Joseph News-Press reports.
Many members of the Diemel family first heard the gruesome details in court on Friday.
“I’ve got a bad stomach right now,” said Pam Diemel, the boys’ mother.
“Without her, life here is very empty.”
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6343027/brothers-bodies-burned-hidden-under-manure-pile-murder/ Important update after the brothers’ bodies were found burned and hidden under piles of dung after boarding the flight and disappearing