James R. Lapan

James Lapan

A man was sentenced to life in prison for a 2016 murder, officials say. 

James Lapan was found guilty of first degree murder and burglary, according to Pima County Superior Court spokeswoman Krisanne LoGalbo. 

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In 2016, 45-year-old Nicolas Morelos was found with "obvious signs of trauma," Arizona Daily Star archives show. 

Morelos was found by a woman visiting his home east of Interstate 10 between West Cortaro Farms Road and West Linda Vista Boulevard.

Contact reporter Gloria Knott at gknott@tucson.com or 573-4235. On Twitter: @gloriaeknott

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Gloria is a Tucson native and attended the University of Arizona. She started at the Star as an apprentice in 2017. Following her apprenticeship, she began freelancing until becoming a full-time reporter and producer after her college graduation in 2018.