Bakersfield man accused of killing and burying friend in backyard sentenced

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A Bakersfield man who allegedly murdered his so-called friend and buried his body at several homes will spend nearly 40 years behind bars.

Frank Valles took a plea deal in November. Valles pleaded no contest to manslaughter and embezzlement in exchange for dropping a first-degree murder charge.

Valles was given 38 years for the death of Alphonso Hyde.

Prosecutors said he buried Hyde in his backyard, but kept cashing Hyde's Native American benefits checks for years.

Valles claims that Hyde died from a heart attack. He also claimed the burial was part of a Native American ritual. 

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