BELLEVUE — A Bellevue man has been sentenced to three years in prison for his role in moving the body of a man found shot to death in a park last year.
Eric Palmquist, 22, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading no contest to concealing a body and tampering with physical evidence.
Palmquist was one of five people arrested in connection with the death of 19-year-old Matthew Brenden. Brenden’s body was found Oct. 20, 2019, in Bellevue’s Faulkland Park. He had died from a single gunshot wound to the head. Prosecutors say Palmquist was among those who moved Brenden’s body from a home where he was shot to the park.
Police say one of those accused has said Brenden shot himself at Carpenter’s home during a gathering, and the group decided to move his body to avoid talking with police because Carpenter’s parents were out of town and alcohol was present at the gathering, according to officials.