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Man who murdered cousin's great-grandmother gets life sentence, no parole

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Micus Ward (KPTV file image) Micus Ward (KPTV file image)
Joda Cain (KPTV file image) Joda Cain (KPTV file image)
Joda Cain and Jacqueline Bell (KPTV/Family photo) Joda Cain and Jacqueline Bell (KPTV/Family photo)

A man who murdered his cousin's great-grandmother has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Micus Ward, 22, was convicted by a jury last month on charges of murder and aggravated murder. The jury then decided on a true life sentence for Ward.  

Ward was officially sentenced in court Monday.

Ward's cousin, Joda Cain, was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in October 2015 and sentenced to 10 years in prison for the death Jacqueline Bell at her Cedar Mill home in October 2013.

A jury acquitted Cain on the charge of murder.

Bell brought Cain to live with her in Oregon, in hopes of giving him a better life. Prosecutors said after two months, Cain convinced Ward to come to Oregon from Kansas to help kill Bell.

Ward told investigators Cain sent him a text message saying Bell was worth millions.

Bell's body was discovered after a friend asked deputies to conduct a welfare check at her home.

Cain and Ward were then caught after a high-speed chase on Interstate 84 in Bell's car. Investigators believe they were planning to drive to Kansas City.

Cain was 17 years old and Ward was 19 when Bell was killed. They gave detectives differing accounts of what happened, according to court documents.

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