A manconvicted this week ofsecond-degree murderhas beensentenced to 18 years inprison after refusing to reveal the location of his victim's body in exchange for a lighter sentence.

William Taylor, 26, killed Timothy Salsman, 23, over a $1,500 drug debt in 2004, near the community of Provost, on the Saskatchewan border, the court was told.

He was found guilty on Monday and sentenced late Thursday.

During the trial, awitness testified that Taylor told him he beat Salsman and afterthe young mandied, he cut his hands and head off with a skill saw, and dumped him in a swamp somewhere near the Saskatchewan border.

Salsman's body has never been found.

Queen's Court Justice Vital Ouellette, calling the murder cruel and sadistic, told Taylor that he could shortenhis timebehind bars before parole ifhe revealed where to findthe body.

But Taylorturned down the deal, telling the court he's innocent and that the bodywill show up one day.

Connie Johnson, Salsman's aunt, said Thursday that Taylor knows where her nephew's body lies because he left him somewhereto rot.

"Do you know how long his Mom and sister, for the first year, went through fields, and mud and snow, day and night with flashlights trying to find him? And he is still out there. No one has found him," she said.