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Man sentenced to at least 60 years for 2014 murder in Santa Maria

Posted at 9:42 AM, Dec 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-04 12:42:49-05

A man was sentenced Monday to at least five decades in prison for his role in the murder of a Santa Maria man in 2014.

Joseph Morales was one of four people arrested for the murder of Javier Limon.

Farm workers discovered his body in a Guadalupe field. Investigators say he had been shot to death.

Morales was an inmate in Los Angeles County but authorities believed he planned the murder from prison using a cell phone.

Morales was sentenced Monday to five years behind bars followed by a sentence of 55 years-to-life. He was convicted in October.

Three others were also charged in connection with Limon’s death. Two have already been sentenced and the third is set to be sentenced on Dec. 17.