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A Texas Supervisor Was Working on a Home Remodel. Then, His Employee's Stepson Walked Up Behind Him and Shot Him in the Head.

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Jun. 14 2023, Published 11:19 a.m. ET

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A Texas man pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his and his stepfather's boss at a home under renovation 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 the construction site 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 recently sentenced to 35 years in prison, officials said.

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

“Senseless acts of violence will not be tolerated in the Bexar County. Defendant Montoya’s sentence reflects the severity of his crime and the diligent efforts of our office to uphold justice for victims of crime,” Bexar County Criminal District Attorney Joe Gonzales said, The San Antonio Express News reported. “We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Paul Butler.”


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