Local man sentenced to life for Orange Park hotel murder
GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- Joseph Clark Thompson will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty to murdering a man at the Rodeway Inn in 2012.
Thompson, 23, was sentenced today for the killing of 49-year-old Andrew Stiekman in November of last year. Prosecutors say Thompson and an accomplice, John Buskager, robbed and strangled Stiekman.
Deputies recovered text messages they say show Thompson and Buskager planned the crime for weeks.
Prosecutors say the defendants and the victim were roommates. Buskager pleaded guilty to second degree murder, he will be sentenced in September.
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