Ohio triple-slaying killer wanted to save tree

COLUMBUS, OH (AP) - Authorities say a central Ohio man who killed three people and stuffed their bodies in a hollow tree made a deal with prosecutors to disclose where they were hidden if they saved the tree.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Friday that 31-year-old Matthew Hoffman made the deal as prosecutors tried to find the bodies of two missing women and a boy.

Knox County Sheriff David Barber and Detective David Light disclosed the information at an attorney general's conference.

Hoffman, an unemployed tree-cutter, killed the three in November 2010 and kidnapped a 13-year-old girl after a botched robbery.

The girl was later found alive.

Authorities say they cut down the tree days after recovering the bodies.

Hoffman is serving life in prison without parole after pleading guilty.

Information from: The Columbus Dispatch

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