Raleigh County

2 of 3 sentenced for dumping man's body in woods

BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) -- A Raleigh County woman will spend the next several years in prison for being involved in a crime that involved concealing a body, according to prosecutors. 

Ashley Nicole Treadway appeared before Judge Robert Burnside on Thursday, April 18, 2019. 

Prosecutors said Treadway, along with Michael Pat Justice II and Rayburn Buchanan Jr., dumped Jason McNeeley's body in a wooded area in Crab Orchard in May 2017. Treadway told police she found McNeely slumped over after shooting up heroin mixed with fentanyl. She said McNeely still had a pulse, but instead of getting him help, they decided to duct tape him to a ladder and put him in another room so they all could continue "partying." 

The next day, Treadway told investigators the three found McNeeley dead, so they wrapped him in garbage bags and dumped his body in the woods. Treadway said they shot McNeely up with more heroin and left a needle behind so police would think he overdosed on his own. 

Treadway plead guilty to concealment of a dead body and conspiracy. She has been sentenced to 1 to 5 years in prison for each charge. Michael Pat Justice II has already plead guilty to conspiracy and concealment of a dead body. He was also sentenced to 1 to 5 years. 

As for Rayburn Buchanan Jr, he is charged with first degree murder, concealment of a dead body and conspiracy. His plea hearing has not taken place at this time.


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