TAOS, N.M. (KRQE) - A man behind a murder at a Taos convent last year has made a deal with prosecutors that cuts his sentence in half.
William "Boxcar" Smith, 23, pleaded no contest to second degree murder in the beating death and burning of Christian Payton, 39.
He was then sentenced to 15 years. He was looking at 30 years for first degree murder.
Payton's body was found in the remnants of the burned convent in August 2012.
Investigators believe Payton was beaten and thrown down a flight of stairs after a fight with Smith and 28-year-old Deborah Jaramillo.
Her case is still making its way through the system.
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