A Tucson man received 61 years in prison for a 2012 killing after pleading guilty previously to second-degree murder.

Ismael JeanNichols Cuevas, 20, was sentenced Monday for shooting and killing Martin Paz, 24, at a party on Aug. 18, 2012.

Family members at the sentencing described Paz as a strong leader who left high school early to help provide for them.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Christopher Browning, in setting the sentence, described Cuevas as "heartless" and listed numerous crimes the defendant committed in the months leading to Paz's killing.

Patrick McNamara

Man receives 12 years for killing roommate

A Tucson man received a 12-year prison sentence Monday for stabbing to death his roommate in 2011.

Louie James Childs, 26, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Craig Alcorta, 26, who died Dec. 3, 2011.

Childs' attorney, Leo M. Masursky, said his client had been abusing crystal meth at the time of the crime but has worked to rehabilitate himself while in jail.

"I'm letting this all be a valuable lesson to me," Childs told Judge Christopher Browning at the sentencing hearing.

Masursky noted Childs did not have a criminal history at the time of the killing.