HASTINGS, Mich. (WOOD) - A man who admitted to murdering two men was sentenced Tuesday, but it's still unclear how his county and federal sentences will be served.
Harold Ordway was sentenced in a Barry County courtroom to between 20 and 50 years in prison.
Ordway pleaded guilty in June to second-degree murder in the death of Paul Atchley. As part of a plea agreement, he also admitted to killing Michael VanBuskirk, though he was not charged with that murder.
Under the terms of the plea deal, that sentence is supposed to run concurrently to a pending federal firearms sentence.
However, the federal judge is not bound by that deal. The prosecution and defense agreed that if the federal judge decides the federal sentence should run separately, the parties will take the issue up again in state court.
A federal sentencing date will be set in the near future.
Also under the deal, Ordway must cooperate with police to find Atchley's body.
Ordway was arrested in September 2011 after he called police, saying he had been in a crash on M-89 near Plainwell.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found a gun, ammunition and a bloody mattress in his pickup truck. The mattress had what authorities call "copious" amounts of "fresh-flowing" blood on it. The gun also had blood splatter on it, and there was blood on Ordway's clothes.
Ordway was arrested at the scene for possessing a weapon as a felon, but would not tell investigators where the blood on the mattress came from.
Authorities soon realized Paul Atchley was missing. He had been staying with Ordway at Ordway's parents' Barry County house and sleeping there in the back of the pickup truck.
It wasn't long after that police also started searching for VanBuskirk. His remains were later found in a Kalamazoo County field.
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