At sentencing, mother berates man who helped hide her sonís body

NORWICH Ė A Sherburne man who helped hide the body of a slain home invader in an attempted drug robbery pleaded guilty in court Monday.

Nicholas S. Simonds, 22, of Pleasant Valley Road, Sherburne, pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence (E felony). Simonds admitted that he helped his neighbor and close friend Robert R. Reynolds move the body of Joshua D. Richheimer, 32, in July.

Simonds, who has been out of jail, was sentenced to six months in the local jail beginning Jan. 2.

Following a lenghty police investigation, it was established that Richheimer was killed by Reynolds in self-defense. Reynolds, who was the target of the invasion because he was a local marijuana dealer and served time in prison for a prior criminal drug conviction, decided to hide the body instead of reporting the incident to police. Simonds, who was nearby at the time of the shooting, helped move the body.

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