A Clovis dentist who was eligible for the death sentence will now serve life plus 27-years in prison.
According to District Attorney Matthew Chandler, James Smith was given the sentence today in exchange for his guilty plea in the December 2005 murder of 30-year old, mother, Laura McNaughton.
McNaughton's body was discovered by hunters on a rural Curry County road.
Medical investigators say the body had injuries consistent with sexual assault.
Smith also plead to charges of kidnapping, sexual penetration and tampering with evidence.
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