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Posted on: May 31, 2019

Kodi Bowe Sentenced For Murder of 21-Year-Old Taylorlyn Nelson

PHOENIX— Kodi Bowe (D.O.B. 08-07-1989) was sentenced today to 27 years in the Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to 2nd Degree Murder for the death of 21-year-old Taylorlyn Nelson and an additional, charge of Aggravated Assault. Maxx Bowe (D.O.B. 07-25-1991) was sentenced on April 12, 2019 to 10 years for hindering prosecution related to dumping Nelson’s body in a lake.

“Today’s sentencing was fitting for a defendant who showed a complete lack of regard for a fellow human being and those who loved her,” said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. “The defendant’s senseless act and sole focus on attempting to hide his criminal actions and avoid accountability has earned him time in prison.”

On March 11, 2017 Kodi Bowe attacked Nelson inside their home striking in the head with an object before shooting her in the head killing her. Kodi then contacted his brother Maxx to help him try to cover up the murder. They devised a plan to take Nelson’s body to a nearby lake and after weighing down the body with rocks in sleeping bag they used a paddleboat to take her the middle of the lake where they sunk her body.

Nelson’s body was recovered more than four months later after lake levels had receded and with the help of recovery divers.

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