Life in Prison for Willoughby Hills Towers Murderer

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The first of three men to be tried with the murder of a man discovered in the trunk of his own car at the Willoughby Hills Towers in April has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Fox 8 News crews were in Lake County Common Pleas Court on Monday morning when Nathaniel Brown, 22, of Willoughby Hills, received the sentence.

Brown was convicted in late November on a series of counts in the murder of William Andrew Putzbach, including two counts of aggravated murder.

Brown apologized to the family of Putzbach in court on Monday prior to his sentencing.

Prosecutors say Brown, Ronald Shirer, 22, also of Willoughby Hills and Kyle Basinger, 21, of Euclid, all took part in the murder of Putzbach on April 10, 2011.

Authorities say the motive for the murder was robbery, as the trio tried to get Putzback to reveal his debit card pin number while being strangled and beaten.

Seven day after his murder, Willoughby Hills Police found Putzbach’s body in the truck of his own car. The car was parked outside the Willoughby Hills Towers on Chardon Road.

According to Lake County court records, Shirer is scheduled to go on trial on January 24, while Basinger’s trial is set for February 6.