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Drifter who stomped and strangled Omaha man is sentenced

Body left in couch for 12 days
Posted at 2:43 PM, Dec 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-17 15:43:16-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — A 37-year-old drifter who beat and strangled an Omaha man before stuffing his body in a couch has been sentenced to 64 to 82 years in prison. Louis French Jr. was sentenced Wednesday in the killing of 55-year-old Kelly Barges in July 2019.

Prosecutors say French beat Barges with a chain, stomped on him until he stopped breathing and then stuffed the body into a couch.

Related: OPD: Man was dead in couch for 12 days

Prosecutors say five people were using drugs and drinking in the apartment when French attacked Barges because he wouldn't stop talking and made a derogatory comment about a woman. The other three people are awaiting sentencing on lesser charges.

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