CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) –
The man who confessed to killing a homeless man then burying his body in his backyard was sentenced to prison on Tuesday.
Frank Dienes was sentenced to serve life in prison and is not eligible for parole until after 16 years.
On or about March 13th, Dienes fatally shot 58-year-old Joseph Kopp in the head and buried the body in the backyard of his residence on Oakwood Drive off Pleasant Valley Road in Seven Hills.
Dienes’ family said Kopp moved in and threatened the family when they wanted him to leave.
Police were called they say, but wouldn’t put Kopp out, even after he turned off Mrs. Dienes’ oxygen.
The oddest part of the story is that Kopp appeared to be closer with the Dienes’ family than with his own.
“I wish I would have done things differently. I wish I would have called you back in November when things turned bad and maybe things would have been different,” said Dienes’ wife, Charlya.
“This is laced with clearly what I like to call calculated manipulation,” said Common Pleas Court Judge John J. Russo.
Article Courtesy of WOIO 19 Action News