Nearly two years after the body of Taylorlyn Nelson was discovered in Lake Pleasant, two brothers have been sentenced for murder.
Kodi James Bowe, 29, was sentenced to 27 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on May 31. Judge Jennifer Ryan-Touhill ordered his two terms to run consecutively.
His brother, Maxx James Bowe, 27, was sentenced to 10 years earlier this spring for hindering prosecution related to the disposal of Nelson’s body.
Their mother, Kerrie Quaintance, previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year in jail and five years’ probation for helping dispose of Nelson’s body, according to court documents.
“Today’s sentencing was fitting for a defendant who showed a complete lack of regard for a fellow human being and those who loved her,” Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said of Kodi on May 31. “The defendant’s senseless act and sole focus on attempting to hide his criminal actions and avoid accountability has earned him time in prison.”
Kodi attacked Nelson March 11, 2017, inside the home they shared. The two were a couple. Kodi struck and then shot Nelson in the head. He then contacted Maxx to assist him in getting rid of the body.
The two brothers devised a plan to take Nelson’s body to Lake Pleasant, weight her down with rocks inside a sleeping bag, and then dispose of her body in the middle of the lake.
Nelson’s body was recovered after a search by numerous divers four months after lake levels had receded.
Investigators said they found blood, a 9-milimeter casing and a bloody ottoman inside their trailer. Witnesses reported seeing Nelson’s dead body on a sofa.
Authorities said Kodi had previously assaulted Nelson on several instances, in which he choked her and put a gun to her head.
Nelson’s family members were relieved after the sentencing. During a press conference they said Nelson had struggled with abuse from Kodi for years.
“She quit telling us about the abuse, because she was scared for us, because he had threatened our family,” said Natalie Nelson, Taylorlyn’s mother.
“She would defend anybody. She was just a cool girl.”