MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - A Berkeley County man found guilty of murder was sentenced Thursday to 45 years in prison.
A jury found Jeffrey Michaelson guilty of killing Parrish Reeves in 2001.
On Jan. 17, 2001, Reeves was first reported as a missing person. The case remained unsolved and classified as a "cold case" until 2007 when new information was discovered which lead investigators to Michaelson and three other co-defendants-- Katherine Feaster, Treze Feaster and Jeremiah Scharer.
On Aug. 8, 2007, investigators from the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office and State Law Enforcement Division were led to Michaelson's Moncks Corner home, where a 55-gallon barrel containing the victim's remains was found buried in the front yard.
During the trial, evidence revealed Reeves was lured out of his Cordesville home by Michaelson and a co-defendant, who claimed they needed assistance with their vehicle that was stuck down the road. The victim agreed to give them a ride to their vehicle, and while they were driving away from his home, the victim was shot in the head by Michaelson.
Michaelson gave a statement to police admitting to disposing of the murder weapon, Reeves' truck, work trailer and also selling a portion of the Reeves' coin collection after the murder. Michaelson also admitted he had rented the backhoe used to bury the barrel containing the Reeves' body in his front yard.
"It's hard to believe someone could be so cold as to murder another human being, bury the body in his own front yard, walk past that spot every time he went in or out of his house, and keep it a secret for all those years," said Deputy Solicitor Bryan Alfaro, who prosecuted the case with Assistant Solicitor Anne Williams.
The charges against Michaelson's co-defendants are still pending.