KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) - A 37-year-old Las Vegas man faces 13 years in prison in the 2013 killing of a property caretaker believed to be from El Salvador.
Jose Isabel Licea-Mendoza was sentenced Monday in Mohave County Superior Court after previously pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the killing of the still-unidentified victim near Dolan Springs on Oct. 5, 2013.
Sheriff's deputies found the body in a shallow grave after Licea-Mendoza's relatives reported the killing.
Defense attorney Jeffrey James said Licea-Mendoza's marriage had fallen apart and that he was heavily intoxicated that night.
Prosecutor Jacob Cote said the intoxication didn't matter and that Licea-Mendoza put a revolver to the victim's temple and pulled the trigger.
Cote said the victim was unidentified but was "still a human being" who hadn't been bothering anybody.