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Phoenix man sentenced to nearly 5 years for beating roommate, burning body

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PHOENIX — A Phoenix man accused of killing his roommate and then burning the body will not go on trial for murder.

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge sentenced 24-year-old Vrouyr Manoukian on Thursday to two-and-a-half years in prison for negligent homicide and two years for abandonment and concealment of a dead body.

The sentences will run consecutively.

Manoukian's charges were downgraded from a second-degree murder charge under a plea agreement.

Prosecutors say Manoukian beat 24-year-old Matthew McMasters to death in July 2012 and then set fire to his body.

Firefighters found McMasters' charred body tied to a love seat and other furniture items in the northwest Phoenix desert.

Poplice say witnesses identified Manoukian's SUV leaving the scene of the fire and blood stains in the car were a match for McMasters.

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