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Carlsbad man sentenced to life in prison for 2012 Artesia killing


CARLSBAD, New Mexico — A Carlsbad man convicted in the shooting death of a 50-year-old Artesia man has been sentenced to life in prison.

The Carlsbad Current Argus reports ( that a state district court judge handed down the sentenced Thursday for 30-year-old Matthew Sloan.

He was convicted in September 2013 of first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and burglary in the case stemming from the January 2012 death of Tim Wallace.

According to police, Sloan posed as a member of a drug task force when he and two other men went to Wallace's house looking for drugs.

A fight broke out, and Wallace was killed when a rifle fired and the bullet struck him in the head.

Information from: Carlsbad Current-Argus,

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