KINGMAN, Ariz. — A Las Vegas man was sentenced on Monday to 13 years in prison for the October, 2013 killing of a man believed to have been from Ecuador.
Jose Isabel Licea-Mendoza pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the case. He and family members from Las Vegas were visiting property they owned in a remote area about 12 miles west of Dolan Springs when the man was killed. Authorities said the victim, who has not been formally identified, was working there as a caretaker.
The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said family members were sitting around a campfire when they heard a shot ring out. Licea-Mendoza reportedly returned to the campfire area and told relatives he shot the caretaker.
Deputies retrieved the victim’s body from a shallow grave on the property.