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One of two men who admitted involvement in the shooting death of a woman whose body was set ablaze on a dirt road south of Alpine was sentenced Monday to 21 years in state prison.

Matthew Leroy Williams, 31, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and gun-use allegations in the March 8, 2014, death of 35-year-old Kimberly Hayes of Lakeside.

Williams’ 31-year-old co-defendant, Jessi Lydell Mendoza, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and gun allegations. He is expected to be sentenced to 50 years to life in prison on April 15.

Authorities said Hayes was shot to death in an El Cajon apartment and her body was discovered the next day on Sequan Truck Trail.

Two women, Lauren Rae Huett and Jennifer Stein, pleaded guilty to being accessories to the crime.

Authorities said the motive for the killing apparently stemmed from attempts by Hayes to gain custody of Stein’s and Mendoza’s newborn child, though it was unclear why Hayes, an emergency medical technician and former hospital worker, wanted the baby.

— City News Service

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