GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan man serving up to 50 years in prison for the murder of a roommate has been sentenced on a federal weapons charge.
A judge in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids on Thursday gave 43-year-old Harold Ordway 10 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
Under the requirements of a Barry County plea agreement, that will be served concurrently with last month's second-degree murder sentence for the slaying of 53-year-old Paul Atchley.
Though the prison time will be served concurrently, the federal judge recommended that the 10-year weapons sentence be served first in a federal prison, after which Ordway would be transferred to a Michigan state prison to serve out the remainder of the murder sentence.
Ordway was also sentenced to three years of supervised release in the federal case. The judge also recommended that Ordway undergo mental health and substance abuse counseling.
Atchley's blood was found on a mattress in Ordway's pickup after he crashed it in 2011 in Plainwell, south of Grand Rapids.
Authorities were investigating the disappearances of Atchley and 33-year-old Michael VanBuskirk. VanBuskirk's body was found in Kalamazoo County. Atchley's body still is missing.
Ordway pleaded guilty to the murder and weapons charge.
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