Man to spend life in prison for killing Artesia man

Matthew Sloan
Matthew Sloan was sentenced to life in prison for posing as a drug task force agent and killing an Artesia, NM man.

ARTESIA, N.M. (KRQE) – One of the men who posed as a drug task force agent, then killed an Artesia man will spend life in prison.

According to the Carlsbad Current Argus, 30-year-old Matthew Sloan was sentenced Thursday.

Sloan was convicted last September of first degree murder and other charges in the 2012 death of Tim Wallace.

Sloan and two other men went to Wallace’s house looking for drugs and kicked in his door claiming to be members of the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force.

A fight broke out and Wallace was shot and killed. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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