LAS CRUCES (AP) — A man convicted of killing another inmate at the Dona Ana County Detention Center in 2004 has been sentenced to life in prison.

New Mexico prosecutors say 44-year-old Paul Othello Smalls was sentenced Monday by a federal judge in Las Cruces.

Smalls was convicted last November of retaliation against a witness or informant, tampering with a witness or informant and killing a person aiding a federal investigation.

Prosecutors say Smalls and two other men strangled 32-year-old Philip T. Gantz on Dec. 30, 2004.

Gantz was giving authorities information about the Roswell area's meth trade and was set to testify in a federal case.

Smalls was a county detention officer from 2002 to 2003. He was being held for raping and severely beating his wife at the time at Gantz's killing.



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