Man pleads guilty in death of man found in impound lot 49 days later

WATCH: Man pleads guilty in death of man found in impound lot 49 days later

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man pled guilty in the death of a man found in an impound lot.

Mardracus West, 22-years-old, was sentenced to 21 years in prison without the possibility for parole.

According to the District Attorneys office:

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“Investigators said that around 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 18, 2017, West and two other men approached a van in an apartment parking lot in the 3000 block of Yale Road and attempted to rob the men seated inside. After demanding money, West began shooting into the van. A 47-year-old man was struck three times and taken to a hospital in critical condition. Two other men in the van were not injured.”

FOX13 previously reported that the man who was shot spent more than a month in Regional One.

Once he was released from the hospital, he went to the MPD Impound Lot to pick up his van.

He then found the body of Bardomiano Perez Hernandez in the back under a pile of clothes.

The DA’s Office confirmed that the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

The van owner told police that he did not know Hernandez was shot during the robbery attempt. Another passenger in the vehicle that night told police he thought Hernandez had run away like he himself had done.

West will also serve a concurrent sentence of 12 years for attempted especially aggravated robbery.

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