Man sentenced to life for strangling mother; burning her, 2 dogs - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Man sentenced to life for strangling mother; burning her, 2 dogs in car

Neil Howland (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Office) Neil Howland (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Office)
SCOTT COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

A Scott City, Missouri man was sentenced to life in prison for strangling his mother with a dog leash and then burning her body and her two dogs in her car.

His sentencing was on January 19 in New Madrid. A motion for new trial taken up and overruled.

Neil Howland was found guilty of first-degree murder, abandonment of a corpse, tampering with physical evidence in felony prosecution, knowingly burning or exploding and two charges of animal abuse. He received an additional four years per charge for the other crimes. 

According to Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle, the trial took place Thursday-Friday, Dec. 7-8 in New Madrid County, Missouri after a change of venue request.

They called 11 witnesses to the stand.

Howland was found guilty of strangling his mother at her home in Oak St. in Scott City. He then drove her and her two dogs in her car to a cornfield where he set the car on fire. The dogs were burned alive.

This happened in August 2013.

A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper testified that in an hour-long confession, Howland admitted to strangling his mother with a dog leash.

When Howland took the stand, Swingle said he claimed he made a false confession.

Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android

Copyright 2017 KFVS. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Lance Armstrong settles $100M lawsuit with US government

    Lance Armstrong settles $100M lawsuit with US government

    Thursday, April 19 2018 4:32 PM EDT2018-04-19 20:32:44 GMT
    Thursday, April 19 2018 7:18 PM EDT2018-04-19 23:18:58 GMT
    (Bernard Papon/Pool Photo via AP, File). FILE - In this July 24, 2004, file pool photo, overall leader Lance Armstrong, right, of Austin, Texas, follows compatriot and teammate Floyd Landis, left, in the ascent of the La Croix Fry pass during the 17th ...(Bernard Papon/Pool Photo via AP, File). FILE - In this July 24, 2004, file pool photo, overall leader Lance Armstrong, right, of Austin, Texas, follows compatriot and teammate Floyd Landis, left, in the ascent of the La Croix Fry pass during the 17th ...
    Lance Armstrong has reached a$5 million settlement with the federal government in a civil whistleblower lawsuit that could have sought $100 million in damages from the former cyclist.
    Lance Armstrong has reached a$5 million settlement with the federal government in a civil whistleblower lawsuit that could have sought $100 million in damages from the former cyclist.
  • Teen death in van: Family storms out of city hall after councilman 'crossed the line'

    Teen death in van: Family storms out of city hall after councilman 'crossed the line'

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 10:32 AM EDT2018-04-18 14:32:46 GMT
    Kyle Plush's uncle confronts Councilman Wendell Young, saying he "crossed the line" at Tuesday's City Council meeting. (FOX19 NOW)Kyle Plush's uncle confronts Councilman Wendell Young, saying he "crossed the line" at Tuesday's City Council meeting. (FOX19 NOW)

    Kyle Plush's family stormed out of a City Hall meeting after sitting through five hours of testimony Tuesday, saying one councilman "crossed the line."

    Kyle Plush's family stormed out of a City Hall meeting after sitting through five hours of testimony Tuesday, saying one councilman "crossed the line."

  • Exchange your child's old car seat for a voucher to get a new one at Target

    Exchange your child's old car seat for a voucher to get a new one at Target

    Thursday, April 19 2018 6:27 AM EDT2018-04-19 10:27:04 GMT
    (Source: Target)(Source: Target)

    Are you in the market for a new child's car seat? If you have an old one, exchange it at Target for a voucher that can be used to purchase a new car seat, booster seat, car seat base, or travel system.

    Are you in the market for a new child's car seat? If you have an old one, exchange it at Target for a voucher that can be used to purchase a new car seat, booster seat, car seat base, or travel system.

Powered by Frankly