Killers go down after botched body disposal 

The cold-blooded men who botched a murder cover-up when they couldn't lift the victim's 275-pound body into the trunk of their car in San Bruno two years ago have received heavy sentences.

On Wednesday, Brandon David Thompson, 28, was sentenced to 18 years in prison while Nicholas Jose Vargas, 26, was committed to Napa State Hospital for 16 years to life in connection with the savage murder of Christopher Chastain in a San Bruno home April 10, 2011.

The sentences resulted from plea agreements with prosecutors. Chastain, the father of a then 3-year-old boy, was killed in Vargas' parents' Cypress Avenue home. Vargas beat Chastain with a pipe wrench and Thompson is accused of stabbing him in the home where Vargas' parents live. Wagstaffe said the men dragged the body "outside and down the driveway, leaving a trail of blood for police to find."

But their attempt to dispose of Chastain's body failed when they tried to lift it into a car trunk, prosecutors say.

Thompson, a parolee, fled on public transit and Vargas "went upstairs, woke up his parents and said, 'You know what, something's gone wrong and I need help,'" Wagstaffe said. Vargas' father called 911.

A motive for the killing remains unclear.

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