Daniel Bequit, 28, was found guilty in April for a second-degree murder and for the assassination of the 21-year-old Axia Hafra, who was found naked and charred in the burned-out basement of Bethesda, Maryland, Residence.
During the two-week trial, the prosecutor's office reported how Bequit had hired Hafra to build a bunker-like tunnel complex in the event of an attack by North Korea, said Ramon V. Coronov, a spokesman for the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office.
Whackworth would take Kafra out of his home in Silver Spring, Maryland, outside Washington, and ask Khafra to wear darkened power cut glasses that prevented Kafra from seeing where he was taken, according to a statement on charges of County Court of Montgomery County. The document also says that after Bequit had taken Hafra, he told him they would go to an "undetected place in Virginia," but Beckett would go to his house in Bethesda.
Whacket would take Kafra to his basement, where Kafra would work to dig up the tunnels for days at a time. The tunnels diverged about 200 feet and two floors under the basement of the house.
Then, in September 2017, a fire broke out.
Bequit later admitted that he was "especially aware of the increased probability of a fire that would erupt within hours of the call for a home fire," the court document said.
A detective described the terms of the "keeper" in the Becquitt house.
"Huge piles of rubbish and ejected objects (were) scattered all over the home," and "narrow labyrinth-like pathways … greatly prevent the normal ease of movement in the home," the document says. It says that clutter has prevented the "normal ease" of leaving home.
Police said they found a "casual chain of extenders and extensions leading to the tunnel complex," which poses a significant fire risk, according to court documents.
Robert Bonsib, a lawyer at Beqkui, called the sentence "fair."
"We continue to argue that guilty verdicts are not supported by the evidence on this issue, as it was a purely accidental fire – not a criminal act," Bonsibe told CNN. "Mr Bequit has appealed and hopes that the Appeals Court will give him a new case on this issue."