VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A California man who killed his mother's boyfriend and hid the body in a freezer for two years has been sentenced to 18 years to life in prison.

The Ventura County Star says Michael Bresnak's sentencing Wednesday came after the judge denied a defense motion for a new trial.

The 54-year-old was convicted in December of second-degree murder.

Prosecutors said Bresnak choked to death 60-year-old Jeffrey Korber in 2011, then bought a freezer and put his body inside. Police found the body wrapped in plastic and duct tape at a storage warehouse in 2013.

Bresnak's attorneys contended the fatal chokehold was self-defense after Korber attacked him.

Bresnak's 70-year-old mother, Mary Hannan, is facing her own charges in Korber's death. She has pleaded not guilty to charges including being an accessory after the fact.


Information from: Ventura County Star,

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