Man sentenced for killing roommate, hiding body in barrel

A man convicted of stabbing his roommate and stuffing his body in a barrel has been sentenced Monday to prison in California.

Posted: Jan 6, 2020 4:28 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A man convicted of stabbing his roommate and stuffing his body in a barrel has been sentenced Monday to prison in California.

Timothy Cook received a sentence Monday of 56 years to life for second-degree murder. Cook was convicted last month of killing 28-year-old Omar Medina of Chula Vista in September 2017.

Authorities say Medina was stabbed 66 times. His body was found nearly two weeks later in a 55-gallon plastic barrel that had been anchored with wire and cinderblocks and dumped in San Diego Bay.

Cook acknowledged hiding the body but denied killing Medina.

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