Steven Vogel was sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse in the death of 44-year-old Michael Williams, who was beaten, hanged and set on fire.
A 32-year-old Iowa man will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing 44-year-old Michael Williams, a judge announced Monday.
In November, Steven Vogel, a white man, was convicted of first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse after beating and hanging Williams, a Black man, in 2020, then throwing his body in a ditch and setting it on fire days later.
During the trial, witnesses testified that Vogel told at least three people that he killed Williams out of jealousy, referencing a love triangle involving his girlfriend, the Des Moines Register reports.
Vogel and Williams were known acquaintances who socialized in the same circles.
Williams’ body was discovered in rural Kellogg, Iowa, on Sept. 16, 2020, while authorities were investigating a fire coming from a ditch on the side of the road, according to police complaints obtained by PEOPLE. Once the fire was extinguished, authorities saw charred human remains wrapped in plastic and cloth and bound with rope and duct tape.
The remains were later identified by a medical examiner as belonging to Williams, whose death was ruled a homicide by strangulation.