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Harold Ordway sentenced to 20-50 years in death of roomate
BARRY COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Barry County man who admitted to killing his two roommates will spend the next 20 to 50 years behind bars.
A judge handed down the sentence Wednesday for 43-year-old Harold Ordway of Delton. Ordway has confessed to killing both Paul Atchley and Michael VanBuskirk in 2011 but was only charged with Atchleys death, as a result of a plea deal.
Despite that VanBuskirks family was in the Hastings courtroom to confront Ordway.
My children are broken because you took their best friend and their father away and because of you they'll never be the same, said VanBuskirks ex-wife, Katie VanBuskirk.
She choked back tears when she spoke to Ordway.
I can't forget Christmas when the boys asked me to open Mike's gifts they made for him, said Katie VanBuskirk.
VanBuskirks father also spoke. He called Ordway a monster but says now he can move forward.
He was totally convinced that he would get away with his acts had it not been for the discovery some 44 days later after we reported Michael being missing.
VanBuskirks family broke down crying as the judge read his sentence.
You deserve to be locked up for as long as I can possibly lock you up, said Judge Amy McDowell, Barry County Circuit Court.
It all started in September of 2011 when Ordway called 911 to say hed been in a crash. Police found a mattress in the back of his pick-up truck covered in Atchleys blood.
But it wasnt until June of 2013 that he confessed to shooting Atchley and burying him in a shallow grave near the Barry-Allegan County line. He also admitted to strangling VanBuskirk.
I can't forget the nights of tears that filled my home, said Katie VanBuskirk.
There's no way on Earth we can forgive and forget, VanBuskirks father said.
VanBuskirks body was found in a farm field in Vicksburg not long after he was killed. Atchleys body has never been found.
Even though his body hasn't been found I believe he can rest in peace knowing that the person that did this to him has been brought to justice, said Julie Nakfoor Pratt, Prosecutor.
Ordway did not speak in court but his attorney says he does express regret for what hes done.