HASTINGS, MI (WKZO/WHTC) - He isn’t exactly getting away with murder, but some might say Harold Ordway is getting off relatively easily for someone who has confessed to killing two people. He was sentenced in Barry County Circuit Court yesterday to 20 to 50 years for second degree murder, as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. Authorities claim that in one case they don’t have a body, and in the other, the body was too badly decomposed to determine a cause of death. Ordway told authorities that he strangled Michael Van Buskirk, dumping his body in a farmer’s field near Vicksburg. It was eventually found, but too badly decomposed to detect soft tissue damage. Ordway also told detectives he had to kill Paul Atchley because he knew about the Van Buskirk killing, shooting him to death and burying his body in a shallow grave somewhere in southern Allegan or northern Van Buren County; the remains have never been found. Ordway was captured two years ago while returning to Delton, when his pick-up collided with another vehicle on M-89 east of Plainwell and deputies discovered the bloody mattress in the bed of the truck. Ordway also faces sentencing on federal weapons charges.
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