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UTAH COUNTY -- Convicted of shooting and killing a woman to keep her from testifying about drug deals, a Utah County man will now spend at least 30 years in prison.
Christopher Alvey, 20, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in connection with the death of Ashley Sparks in order to avoid the possibility of the death penalty.
Wednesday, a judge sentenced him to 30 years to life in prison but recommended Alvey be considered for parole.
Two other men were arrested in connection with Sparks' murder, but formal charges have not yet been filed against them.