A man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison in the beheading of a man in Arizona who police say stole drugs from a Mexican drug cartel.
The sentencing came Wednesday morning in the Maricopa County Superior Court.
Crisantos Moroyoqui-Yocupicio pleaded no contest to second-degree murder in the death of 38-year-old Martin Alejandro Cota-Monroy at an apartment in Chandler on Oct. 10, 2010.
Police believe Cota-Monroy's gruesome killing was intended to send a message that anyone who betrays the traffickers will get the same treatment.
The case has been cited as an extreme example of Mexican cartel violence spilling over the border and also factors into the state's contentious immigration debate.
Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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