Man pleads guilty to murder, sentenced to life
BURLEY, Idaho (AP) -- A former handyman man charged with killing the owner of a southern Idaho motel and hiding his body in a motel's crawlspace has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to life in prison.
James Duane Ambrose pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder in the death of his boss, 54-year-old Russ Taft. Taft's body was discovered in the crawlspace of the Alpine Garden Inn in Burley in May 2012. Taft suffered head injuries and was stabbed in the heart.
Ambrose also pleaded guilty to grand theft for stealing Taft's car.
District Judge Michael Crabtree sentenced Ambrose on Tuesday to 30 years to life. The sentence will run consecutive to a life prison sentence Ambrose received in Nevada in April for a kidnapping charge filed after a brutal home invasion in Las Vegas.