Man sentenced in Arizona homicide case
A Maricopa County, Ariz. judge sentenced a man to four-and-a-half years in prison for his involvement in the 2012 death of a South Tahoe Man.Vrouyr Manoukian pleaded guilty to negligent homicide and abandoning or concealing a body in May in the killing of 24-year-old Matthew McMaster. Judge Joseph C. Welty dictated a sentence of two-and-a-half years for negligent homicide and two years for abandoning or concealing a body in mid-June. The sentences were ordered to be served consecutively. Manoukian had 740 days of credit for his time in custody since his incarceration, which will be subtracted from his sentence. He was arrested roughly 10 months after the July 2012 incident.Manoukian is also prohibited from having contact with the McMaster familyHis sentence follows that of the second defendant’s in the case, Randall Lee Young. Young was sentenced early last month to three years probation. He pleaded no contest to a single charge of abandoning or concealing a dead body in May. Several of McMaster’s family members and friends expressed displeasure after Young avoided jail time, and submitted letters to the court. Most argued for a harsher punishment based on how the defendants tried to dispose of McMaster’s body, by burning his body.According to an autopsy report, McMaster died from blunt force trauma to the head. Manoukian was suspected of striking McMaster during a fight between McMaster and Young. McMaster’s remains were found tied up resting on a loveseat. They were burned along with other furniture items. It took investigators more than two years to be able to gather enough evidence to secure an indictment against Young. They found DNA recovered at the site where McMaster’s body was abandoned. McMaster’s mother, Nancy McMaster, said following the arrest that the family had given up hope of a second suspect being charged. According to Nancy McMaster, Matthew McMaster moved to Arizona months before the incident and lived with Manoukian while they both attended motorcycle mechanic’s school.
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