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.