Anthony Blamer

(Photo: Michigan Department of Corrections)

Man Gets Prison For Killing Man Found Dismembered In Forest

October 03, 2018 - 6:55 am

MUSKEGON (WWJ/AP) - A man convicted of second-degree murder in the slaying of an acquaintance whose dismembered body was found in a national forest in Michigan will spend the next several decades behind bars.

Anthony Blamer of Fremont was sentenced Tuesday to 40 to 60 years in prison. 

Blamer apologized to Keenan's family in court, but said his actions were in self-defense. The 29-year-old was found guilty in July.

Blamer testified that he shot 24-year-old D'Anthony Keenan, a father of two, as they sat in a Chevy Tahoe at a car wash. Keenan's body, which was missing its head and hands, was later discovered by duck hunters Aug. 5, 2017 in the Manistee National Forest.

Blamer was quickly linked to the killing after Facebook chats revealed the two had planned to meet up just prior to Keenan's death. 

Blamer said he and the victim were arguing about money when Keenan pulled a gun. The gun went off during a struggle, Blamer claimed, and Keenan was killed by a bullet to the head.

Police said Blamer then drove the body in Keenan’s vehicle to a park and ride lot in northern Muskegon County where he bought a chainsaw at Walmart before returning to the vehicle the following day, thinking that a dismembered body would be more difficult to identify. 

Blamer later led investigators to where he left a bag containing additional body parts, including the victim's head and hands, and to the chainsaw which he'd dumped in a swamp. 

Police said money was also taken from the victim.

Muskegon County Circuit Court Judge William Marietti called the crime "diabolical."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.