Where is Ben Oxley’s killer James Matlean now?

NBC News”Dateline: While They Were Sleeping’ highlights what happened to Benjamin ‘Ben’ Oxley in February 2008. The 36-year-old was sleeping in his bed when he was shot in the head. His wife, Melissa Oxley, has called authorities leading a full investigation. In the end, the police were led to James Matlean, then boyfriend of Ben’s ex-wife. So if you’re wondering what happened, we’ve got you covered.

Who is James Matlean?

In February 2008, James Matlean was in a relationship with Dawn Oxley, and they lived in Nevada. What happened during the morning hours of February 21, 2008 would soon lead him right to him. At around 3:30 a.m., Melissa woke up to find Ben dead next to her and immediately called the police. Once they learned of Ben’s custody battle with his ex-wife, Dawn, they turned their attention to her.

At the time, Dawn and Ben had a daughter, Alyssa, with the former retaining full custody. Initially, Dawn and James claimed they were home on February 20, 2008, drinking and watching TV. But surveillance video from a local convenience store showed James directly contradicting their story. Then Dawn’s son Devon and his friend also shared with police what they heard that night.

According to Devin, Dawn talked about wanting Ben dead, with James responding that he would do it right away. Devon’s friend also recalled James talking about killing Ben with a shotgun. But police had no concrete evidence linking Ben or Dawn to the murder at the time. In September 2008, James claimed to have heard someone talk about throwing the murder weapon into a local river. But a few months later, an inmate who was with James told authorities that James had lied about the location of the gun.

Eventually, after being granted immunity, Dawn told the police that James killed Ben to please her. Although she admitted to being mad at Ben and telling James about it, she claimed she never mentioned killing him. As the investigation continued, James admitted to killing Ben but had a lot more to say about Dawn. He opened up about drinking and smoking mushrooms on Feb. 20 when Dawn came home from work, angry.

James claimed that Dawn talked about wanting Ben dead because she was unhappy with the child support she had to pay. He added: “I told him I would. Dawn asked me to kill Ben and Melissa. She drew a diagram of the house and showed me where to go. I shot Ben and was so scared I ran out the front door. I couldn’t shoot Melissa. James further stated that she was with him at the time of the shooting and that he had to convince her not to take Alyssa out of the house.

Where is James Matlean today?

In December 2011, James pleaded guilty to first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. He maintained Dawn was involved and later said, “I take full responsibility for what I did. Dawn must take full responsibility for what she did. In March 2012, then 25, James was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder and four to ten years for the conspiracy charge. He remains incarcerated at High Desert State Prison in Indian Springs, Nevada.

Read more: Where is Melissa Oxley now?

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