Homeless man gets 60 years for 2014 killing in El Paso

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EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A homeless man must serve 60 years in prison for what prosecutors say was his role in the 2014 death of a man whose beaten and burned corpse was found in a vacant El Paso building.

Jerry Lynn McGavitt was sentenced Friday in El Paso after being convicted of murder in the death of 21-year-old Gerardo Luna Jr.

Prosecutors believe Luna was targeted because he entered the downtown building, where homeless people were known to stay, from a street during the daytime.

Some utility workers in September 2014 found Luna’s body in the basement. Officials believe the victim had been dead for several weeks.

The 25-year-old McGavitt was the second person convicted in Luna’s death. Thomas McNair was convicted and sentenced to 99 years in prison. Three others await trial.