COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- A 20-year-old Missouri man who had his mother's body in the trunk of his car during a traffic stop has pleaded guilty to killing her.
Daniel Sanders of Columbia had faced a March trial on a charge of second-degree murder. He pleaded guilty Tuesday in Boone County Circuit Court to voluntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence.
He was sentenced to a total of 19 years in prison.
Columbia police stopped Sanders for reckless driving in August 2008 and found the body of 53-year-old Helen Sanders in the trunk of his car.
Sanders admitted he drowned his mother in a bathtub after a fight and planned to bury her outside of town. But he drove back to Columbia because people kept stopping to ask if he had car trouble and needed help.
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