Reno Murderer Sentenced to at Least 40 years in Prison

RENO (AP) - A Reno man who confessed to killing a former partner in a failed check-cashing scam and dumping his body in a trash bin in 2002 has been sentenced to at least 40 years in prison.

26-year-old Matthew Tjeltveit became the first person in Washoe County to be convicted of first-degree murder even though the victim's body was never found when a jury found him guilty in March.

Tjeltveit testified during the trial that he had been on a methamphetamine binge when he shot 18-year-old James Weishahn in the face because he supposedly threatened to kill Tjeltveit's toddler.

Washoe County District Judge Steven Elliott sentenced him in Reno today to life in prison with eligibility for parole after 40 years.

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