Sep 21, 2015 7:40 PM by News Staff
A Redding man charged with murdering his father pleaded guilty Monday.
James Bland was charged with the murder of Steven Bland in August of 2014.
According to the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Steven Bland's relatives reported him missing on June 23, 2014. James allegedly told the relatives he dropped Steven at the Greyhound station in Redding on April 3, 2014, and claimed that Steven told him, if no one hears from me for two months, split my belongings amongst yourselves.
Detectives began an investigation and found no evidence that Steven Bland had ever left the Redding area.
In the weeks that followed, a friend of James Bland came forward and told detectives that James had admitted to killing a man over a marijuana deal and then dismembering the body. The friend reportedly said James was trying to burn the body, but had eventually moved the remains to a wooded area in eastern Shasta County.
On July 14, 2014 investigators found that James Bland had been using his father’s credit card, and they arrested him for grand theft. The next day, a search warrant was served at the home shared by James and his father, and according to the sheriff’s office, a human hand and several burnt bones were found on the property.
Bland will be sentenced on October 20, and while prosecutors would not discuss the details of the plea deal Monday, they said Bland faces 25 years to life in prison.
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