A Shawnee man charged with killing a Shawnee man and attempting to set the body on fire pleaded guilty to felony charges Wednesday and was sentenced to serve life in prison.
Joseph Michael Neay, 23, who faced a jury trial later this month, chose instead to enter a guilty plea Wednesday to charges of first-degree murder and arson.
Neay was accused of unlawfully, and with malice aforethought, causing the death of Marty Lee Jones by stabbing him with a knife, charges read.
Pottawatomie County District Judge John Canavan sentenced Neay to serve life in prison for the murder charge and 10 years on the arson count, with sentences running concurrently.
Jones, 45, was found dead Nov. 2, 2012, in his home, 709 E. 11th, and Neay was arrested in the case later that afternoon.
Police said a postal carrier delivering mail reported smoke coming from the house and Shawnee firefighters responded to battle that blaze and found Jones dead in the kitchen.
According to the original arrest warrant in this case, the body was found in a pool of blood in the kitchen, but evidence suggested a struggle in the home started in a back bedroom.
According to reports in the case, Neay allegedly admitted walking to the home to confront Marty Jones about an alleged assault involving his mother.
A fight, which reportedly began in the bedroom, allegedly ended in the kitchen, where Neay told police he used a lighter to ignite some sheets over the body, the affidavit indicated.
Neay left the scene on foot and allegedly threw the knife in a creek, the warrant shows. Later, Neay took officers to the location of the knife, where it was recovered, the warrant shows.
Neay will remain jailed in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center until he is transferred to the Department of Corrections.