Man who participated in 'revenge' killing sentenced

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Matthew Moreno By Alicia Barron Matthew Moreno By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX -- A man who pleaded guilty in the murder and arson case was sentenced to more than 34 years in prison on Tuesday.

Matthew Moreno, 21, was sentenced by a judge to 22 years in prison for second-degree murder and 12.5 years in prison for arson. The sentences will run consecutively.

Moreno and two other men were arrested in May 2010 on suspicion of first-degree murder, arson, kidnapping and burglary.
 
Moreno, Adan Gonzalez and Booz Moreno allegedly beat and stabbed the victim, slit his throat and then set his house on fire in a deadly act of revenge.

Authorities said the victim was killed because the suspects believed he was having an affair with Gonzalez's mother.
 
In January, Booz Moreno was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder and aggravated assault.

Police reports say they used a shotgun and a steel pipe to beat the victim over the head before slitting his throat and trying to burn the evidence with fire and gasoline.