Taylorlyn Nelson update: Maxx Bowe sentenced for disposing body in lake

New charges in Taylorlyn Nelson murder case
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Posted at 1:51 PM, Apr 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-15 16:51:07-04

PHOENIX — A second accomplice in the disposal of the body of murder victim Taylorlyn Nelson has been sentenced.

On Friday Maxx James Bowe was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to hindering prosecution.

Court documents obtained by ABC15 show that on March 12, 2017, Maxx Bowe, his brother Kodi Bowe, and Kerrie Quaintance went to a convenience store to get gas, snacks, food, and ice before going to Lake Pleasant.

Nelson’s body was sewn into a sleeping bag and attached to the bottom of a paddle boat by ropes.

The bag was weighed down by large rocks and cut away from the boat, sinking to the bottom of the lake.

Court records also show that Maxx Bowe and Quaintance were involved in a sexual relationship and, “had sex on the paddle boat when they dumped Taylorlyn’s body in the lake.”

Her body was located and removed from the lake on July 20, 2017. A medical examiner would determine that she was killed either by blunt trauma to the left side of her head or a gunshot wound to the right side of her head.

Court records also show that Maxx admitted to a witness that he was present and holding Nelson down when Kodi shot her.

Quaintance was sentenced last year to five years of probation for hindering prosecution.

Kodi Bowe has accepted a plea deal, pleading guilty to second-degree murder and is expected to be sentenced from 16 to 20 years in prison on May 10, 2019.

Nelson was reported missing by her family after they said they were concerned because she had not called anyone after arguing with her boyfriend.

During the police investigation, officers searched a mobile home around Deer Valley Road and 27th Avenue where Nelson lived with her boyfriend, Kodi Bowe.

In the home, police located evidence including blood, a bullet hole, and a 9mm shell casing.

Police were able to match the DNA of the blood to Nelson’s mother.

Witness reports lead police to the area of Lake Pleasant where cadaver dogs alerted them to the evidence of human remains.