Woman takes plea deal in Taos murder case

Deborah Jaramillo

TAOS, N.M. (KRQE) – A woman who helped beat a man to death and burn his body at an abandoned Taos convent has taken a plea deal.

According to the Taos News, 30-year-old Deborah Jaramillo pleaded no contest Monday to second-degree murder for the death of Christian Payton.

His body was found in the basement of the historic Holy Cross Convent in 2012.

Jaramillo was sentenced to 13 years in prison on the reduced charges.

Last year her co-defendant, 24-year-old William Smith also pleaded no contest to second-degree murder.

A third suspect known only by the nickname “Cherokee,” has not been caught.

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