HASTINGS, Mich. (WOOD) - Sentencing in federal court has been delayed for Harold Ordway, who admitted killing two other men.
Ordway appeared in federal court in Hastings Monday morning, but the judge postponed his sentencing, awaiting the outcome of his sentencing in the murder case.
Ordway pleaded guilty to state charges in the death of Paul Atchley, and admitted he choked and killed Michael VanBuskirk.
Ordway was arrested Sept. 2, 2011 following a crash on M-89 near Plainwell. Police found a gun, ammunition and a bloody mattress in his pickup truck.
An investigation led to authorities learning that Ordway's roommate, Atchley, was missing. Atchley, 53, was staying with Ordway at Ordway's parents' house on Manning Lake Road in Delton in Barry County. They say Atchley had been sleeping there in the back of Ordway's pickup truck.
Then investigators discovered that VanBuskirk, 33, had also disappeared. He was reported missing on Aug. 28, 2011 to the Battle Creek Police Department. VanBuskirk was living at Ordway's home on Woodward Avenue in Battle Creek to help with a remodeling project, police said.
On Oct. 10, 2011, the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office found human remains in a field near 34th Street and Y Avenue in Brady Township. The remains were positively identified as VanBuskirk.
Atchley still has not been found. His DNA was found on the bloody mattress in Ordway's vehicle, said police.
Ordway was indicted in federal court in October 2011 on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
Ordway was charged in May 2013 with open murder, felony firearm and being a second-offense habitual offender in connection with Atchley's murder.
The federal judge says she doesn't feel comfortable handing down a sentence without knowing how much time he may receive in the murder case.
Once he is sentenced in that case in July, he will go back to federal court where the judge will decide whether to allow him to serve his sentences at the same time or add on federal prison time.
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