- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A construction worker who was facing a murder charge for fatally shooting a Santa Fe man will avoid jail time.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported (https://bit.ly/1LmKdFe ) Wednesday that 58-year-old Edwin Watters will serve up to 18 months of probation in exchange for pleading no contest to involuntary manslaughter.

The plea deal, which was filed last week, says Watters could still be sentenced up to three years in prison later on for 45-year-old Diego Sena’s death.

But the judge would grant either a conditional discharge or a deferred sentence.

According to court documents, Watters will be allowed to serve his probation in his primary residence in Colorado.

Authorities say Watters shot Sena six times.

Toxicology reports show Sena was legally drunk and had consumed cocaine at the time.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, https://www.sfnewmexican.com

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