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Burley Man Admits to Murder


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(BURLEY, ID) – A former motel handyman has admitted to killing his boss and hiding the body in a crawlspace. James Ambrose pleaded guilty to the May 2012 murder of 54-year-old Russ Taft at the Alpine Garden Inn in Burley. Ambrose also admitted to stealing Taft’s car after the killing took place. He was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years to life in prison. That’s on top of a 22-year sentence Ambrose received in April for carjacking an 86-year-old woman in Las Vegas while he was on the run.

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