LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A Virginia man was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for a murder he committed here in Southern California.

A jury convicted Gary Shawkey of swindling a Phoenix man out of $1.2 million between 2004 and 2008.

The victim, 71-year-old Robert Vendrick, became reluctant to hand over more money.

Shawkey, however, lured him to a boat in Dana Point – supposedly to learn more about an investment.

After they sailed out of the harbor, Shawkey killed Vendrick and tossed his body overboard.

His body was never found.


Comments (3)
  1. jason says:

    how did they prove murder in this case, since they didn’t have a body?

    1. Good Question says:

      The guy may have admitted it or wrote something down to incriminate himself. That’s the only way I can see him being convicted for murder without a body. I do see your point.

  2. Karen says:

    You DO NOT ALWAYS need a body to prove murder. Look at the Casey Anthony case. They had a body and still could not prove murder. And there hare been NUMEROUS cases where they had NO BODY but still proved MURDER.

    Now you know.

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