Two years after the horrific murder of James William Boyd McNeely, the eighth and final person involved in the crime will receive his sentencing on February 7 in Warren County.
On December 6, kidnapping suspect Darrill Lynn withdrew his prior pleas of not guilty and entered a voluntary and unequivocal Alford plea to a Class B Felony kidnapping charge. Lynn was represented by attorney Donald Gerard.
Six days later, kidnapping suspect Jackie Don Moss began serving a two year sentence in the Department of Corrections after being charged with attempted kidnapping, facilitating a felony, inflicting injury, and terrorizing.
Robert Allen, the third kidnapping suspect, was sentenced in May for the same charge as Darrill Lynn. Allen’s probation was denied and is serving three years in the Department of Corrections.
This past September, Angela Harvey was the final member of her family to learn of her fate when she received a life sentence after pleading guilty to a charge of second degree murder of McNeely in December 2009.
Harvey also pled guilty to two counts of armed criminal action each carrying a 15-year sentence in the Department of Corrections along with one count of kidnapping, which was also slapped with 15 years. Judge Kevin Crane in Boone County presided over the sentencing.
Laddonia teenager Ethan Lee Harvey, age 18, pled guilty to second degree murder and two other charges in Audrain County Circuit Court.
His plea on the murder charge resulted in an 18-year sentence. His guilty plea on kidnapping resulted in a 15 year sentence that can be served concurrently. He also pled guilty to abandonment of a corpse which had a range of punishment of five to a maximum 15 years while no plea was given for the charge of armed criminal action.
The older brother Chad Harvey, age 20, was sentenced to life in prison for Boyd’s murder. He also received 15 years for kidnapping and four years for abandonment of a corpse.
Teenager Jordan Clay Harvey has already been charged with second degree murder, facilitating felony kidnapping and felonious restraint.
Chester Harvey, Jr. pled guilty on five different charges in April and received life imprisonment without eligibility for probation or parole in the first-degree murder charge.
Harvey, Jr. was sentenced to 30 years by the Department of Corrections for Armed Criminal Action, 15 years DOC for Kidnappin-Facilitating A Felony-Inflicting Injury-Terrorizing, four years DOC for Abandonment of a Corpse, and life imprisonment for felony kidnapping.
According to the details of the case released soon after the murder, Angela Harvey had admitted in a probable cause statement to kicking the victim and threatening to shoot him. She also admitted at that time to instructing her husband on how to kill the victim by suffocation.
McNeely’s body was reportedly transported to a tractor/trailer unit parked south of Laddonia and placed in the refrigerated compartment.
Doctor E. Adelstein did determine the cause of death from an autopsy as asphyxia.
A night long standoff followed at the Harvey home in Laddonia before police took the family members into custody.
James William Boyd McNeely was allegedly kidnapped by Lynn, Allen, and Moss from Harvey’s home before being killed at the Harvey’s home allegedly by members of the Harvey family in December 2009.