RED BLUFF, Calif. - A figure in the Quentin Bealer murder investigation in Red Bluff is headed to prison.
Eddie Ouellette, 39, claimed he was the one who convinced Bealer to turn himself in for questioning in the 2013 Marysa Nichols murder investigation. This week in Tehama County, Ouellette was sentenced to 5 years 8 months in prison in an unrelated case.
KRCR News Channel 7 first talked to Ouellette in March 2013 just after Bealer's arrest. He told us Bealer had once lived in a shed behind his house. Just after Marysa Nichols' body was found near Red Bluff High School, investigators released surveillance video showing a man walking near the high school just before the time of Nichols' disappearance. Ouellette said he recognized the man in the video as Bealer.
Ouellette told KRCR News Channel 7 he confronted Bealer about the video and walked him to the police department for questioning. Bealer was later arrested and charged with Nichols' murder.
A short time later, Ouellette was arrested on unrelated charges including perjury and bigamy. According to the Tehama County District Attorney's Office he was granted probation.
But prosecutors said he violated probation by failing to keep in contact with the probation department and failing to appear in court. He also reportedly admitted to using methamphetamine and failed to complete his drug and alcohol treatment program.
Ouellette is a registered sex offender for inappropriate conduct with a child under 14.