Man who killed traveling companion sentenced to life

February 26, 2020 GMT

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Florida man convicted of shooting his traveling companion and leaving him to die in the woods in Massachusetts has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Michael Noguera, 50, was sentenced Tuesday to the mandatory sentence for a first-degree murder conviction, The Brockton Enterprise reported. He will serve his time at the Massachusetts Correctional Institute at Cedar Junction.

Noguera and Daniel Smith Jr. were traveling in Smith’s car, selling guns and living off $25,000 in stolen money, but their friendship deteriorated, prosecutors said.

Authorities said Noguera shot Smith in the back of the head and left him in the woods in Easton in November 2016. Two 13-year-old boys found Smith. He died at the hospital.

Noguera was caught in South Carolina days later.

At the sentencing hearing, one of Smith’s older sisters called Noguera “an outright liar” for saying in his testimony that he acted out of fear that Smith would hurt him.