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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the death of an Albuquerque carpenter and church deacon who police say was run over while trying to stop five teenagers from stealing his van.

Albuquerque Journal reports 20-year-old Xavier Montoya was sentenced Thursday after pleading no contest to second-degree murder for the death of Hector Aguirre.

Montoya will serve the sentence concurrently with an unrelated 19-year sentence for robbery and kidnapping.

Family members of Montoya say he fell into drug use leading up to his arrest.

Police say Aguirre held onto the van as the teens attempted to steal it in September 2016.

Cornelius McCullum who was also charged for the death recently agreed to a plea deal. Three others charged in Aguirre’s death are awaiting trial.


Information from: Albuquerque Journal,