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AZTEC — Tiki Marez was sentenced this morning  in the Eleventh Judicial District Court on a second-degree murder conviction in connection with the January 2014 death of Daniel Boone.

Marez, 34, will remain in prison until March 18, 2022, while concurrently serving time in California for two drug trafficking convictions in Florida and New Mexico, according to a plea agreement. She was detained for about three years before her trial, and six years of a 15-year sentence for the second-degree murder conviction was suspended. After her release in 2022, she will serve five years of supervised probation.

Marez's plea agreement reflected the fact that she cooperated with law enforcement officers in the prosecution of Kenneth Burrows, who was convicted of first-degree murder in Boone's death on March 20.

Marez and Burrows, 46, were charged in October 2015 in the murder of Boone, who was shot to death in Flora Vista in January 2014. A sentencing hearing for Burrows is scheduled for May 2 in Aztec.

Marez was initially charged with first-degree murder but entered an Alford plea, similar to a no contest plea, to a second-degree murder charge in February, according to court records.

San Juan County Chief Deputy District Attorney Brent Capshaw said in an interview after the hearing that Marez provided crucial information for the case against Burrows.

"We had no case on Burrows without her," Capshaw said.

Prior to receiving the sentence from Judge Brad Dalley, Marez addressed Boone's family, who sat on benches behind the district attorneys.

"I know I can't give back your son," Marez said while fighting back tears.

She added she has thought about her actions and she cannot imagine placing her mother in the situation the Boone family has experienced since his death.

"I am sorry," she said.

Dalley also gave time to the Boone family to address Marez.

His mother, Brenda Boone, took the opportunity to thank Marez for her cooperation in the case against Burrows.

"However, I still don't understand why my son is not here," Boone said.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636.

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