Man gets life in prison for murder of NM inmate
Posted at: 09/10/2012 8:34 PM
By: The Associated Press
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A man convicted of killing another inmate at the Dona Ana County Detention Center in 2004 has been sentenced to life in prison.
New Mexico prosecutors say 44-year-old Paul Othello Smalls was sentenced Monday by a federal judge in Las Cruces.
Smalls was convicted last November of retaliation against a witness or informant, tampering with a witness or informant and killing a person aiding a federal investigation.
Prosecutors say Smalls and two other men strangled 32-year-old Philip T. Gantz on Dec. 30, 2004.
Gantz was giving authorities information about the Roswell area's meth trade and was set to testify in a federal case.
Smalls was a county detention officer from 2002 to 2003. He was being held for raping and severely beating his wife at the time at Gantz's killing.
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