Utah man sentenced for kidnapping and killing of Santa Clara man

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ARIZONA (News4Utah) – A Utah man was sentenced for his role in the kidnapping and murder of a Washington County father in June 2016. 

57-year-old Francis McCard accepted a plea deal to avoid the death penalty in Kingman, Arizona on Thursday. He was sentenced to 46 years in prison but he still faces additional federal charges.  

According to court documents, 30-year-old David Heisler was kidnapped from his home in Santa Clara and his body was found nearly two months later in the Mount Trumbull area of the Arizona desert.

McCard was in a relationship with Kelley Marie Perry who had a 6-year-old daughter with Heisler. Heisler had just obtained full custody of the girl just prior to his disappearance. 

Perry waived her right to a preliminary hearing in April of this year on two aggravated kidnapping charges and aggravated burglary. She has another court date scheduled for May 22. 

Tammy Freeman, who drove both McCard and Perry to Heisler’s home and then to the Arizona, was convicted of aggravated kidnapping and burglary. In April, 2018, she was sentenced to 1-15 years in prison. 

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