A Texas Man Was Working on a Home Remodel. Then, He Walked Up Behind His Boss and Shot Him in the Head.

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May 19 2023, Published 11:32 a.m. ET

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A Texas man pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his boss at a home they were renovating and now he will spend 35 years in prison.

Around 11:35 p.m. on March 12, 2022, Michael Montoya, 20, approached 57-year-old Paul Butler from behind and shot him multiple times at a home they were working on near downtown San Antonio, the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office said.

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Butler died at the scene, police said.

Authorities said Montoya shot Butler in the head and neck before fleeing the scene. He later returned to the scene to turn himself in to police.

Montoya was working with his stepfather and Butler was their supervisor, but authorities have not determined a motive for the killing.


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Montoya was charged with murder. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced on May 18 to 35 years in prison, officials said.

He must serve half of his sentence before being eligible for parole, authorities said.


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