A man captured in Nevada with a battered body in his car trunk drew a maximum sentence Monday of 25 years to life in prison for killing his roommate.
Michael Bradley, 39, was convicted of second-degree murder in the bludgeoning death of James Domm, 51.
The victim had been repeatedly struck on the head with a blunt object in the condominium they shared in the Rochester suburb of Pittsford.
At sentencing, Bradley insisted he was innocent and claimed that a dog had splattered him with the blood that investigators found on his clothing.
The minimum sentence would have been 15 years to life in prison.
Neighbors became concerned when Domm didn't answer his door and failed to pick up his mail. Police went to his home last Feb. 15 and found blood on the walls and ceiling in what they said were signs of an intense struggle.
The next day, police in Laughlin, Nev., pulled over Bradley when he made an illegal turn. After checking computer records and getting evasive answers about why he was driving Domm's car, they said Bradley agreed to let them search the trunk, where the body was found.
Wrapped in a blue tarp, Domm may have been dead for up to two weeks. The retired teacher had taught at several schools in Pittsford and met Bradley in the summer of 1998 after placing a classified ad seeking a roommate.