ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — A Rockford man has been sentenced to 60 years behind bars for murder and hiding a body.

Nickles Parks shot Jamie Stephens near Knapp Road in Winnebago back in 2018. Investigators said that Stephens died inside Parks’ vehicle, which they later found in Rockford.

Stephens’ body was dumped along a rural Winnebago roadway in December 2018.

Police said that Parks shot Stephens multiple times during a robbery of his cellphone, then drove out to Knapp Road to dump the body.

Parks was found guilty but asked for a new trial. That was denied on Thursday when a judge sentenced him to 60 years in prison.

A second man, Joshua Whittie, was the other occupant of the car at the time. He pleaded guilty to Armed Robbery and is serving a 20 year prison sentence.