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Duo accused in connection with murder make court appearances

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One man convicted in connection with a 2007 murder in West Valley was sentenced to prison today, while another had his sentencing continued.

Marco Amaro, 24, was sentenced in 3rd District Court to two, one- to 15-year prison sentences to run concurrently. His sentences were based on his conviction on two counts of obstruction of justice, one a first-degree felony and the other a second-degree felony.

Bob Veloz, 19, also was supposed to be sentenced today on his conviction of first-degree felony murder. His pre-sentence report from Adult Probation and Parole had not been completed, however. His sentencing was continued until March 10.

Veloz is accused of shooting Manuel Archuleta in the back of the head five times, killing him, on May 12, 2007. The car in which they were riding was driven by Amaro. There was also a 17-year-old boy inside the car. All of the people in the vehicle reportedly were friends, according to investigators, which made finding a motive for the slaying more difficult.

After the shooting, the three others dumped Archuleta's body near 4900 South and 4900 West. Amaro and the juvenile tried to clean the blood out of Amaro's car. When they couldn't do that, they set the car on fire in an attempt to hide the evidence, as well as a plastic bag full of the towels they had used to try and clean the blood.