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Former murder trial co-defendant ordered to prison

Former murder trial co-defendant ordered to prison

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A man who admitted to a break-in at a home of a slain west Salt Lake City woman has been sentenced to prison on an aggravated burglary charge.

William Hugh Irish originally faced a murder charge along with Floyd Eugene Maestas for the death of Donna Lou Bott. Irish, Maestas and Rodney Roy Renzo broke into Bott's home and another house in 2004 looking for money to buy liquor.

The 72-year-old Bott was beaten, strangled and stomped to death. A jury convicted Maestas of capital murder and he's now on death row at the Utah State Prison.

In a deal with Salt Lake County prosecutors, Irish pleaded guilty to the lesser, second-degree felony burglary charge.

A 3rd District judge on Monday ordered the 23-year-old to serve a prison term of one to 15 years in prison.

Renzo was previously sentenced to the same one to 15-years prison term.

Information from: Deseret News

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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