Williston man sentenced to 19 years in prison for killing his co-worker

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WILLISTON, ND - A man in Williston has been sentenced to 19 years in prison for killing his co-worker in 2014.

This afternoon, District Judge David Nelson sentenced Tovias Cerna-Carrillo to 30 years in prison with 11 suspended.

In August, Cerna-Carrillo pleaded guilty to five felony counts. He admitted to fatally shooting Juan Palacios in 2014. His body was found east of Williston under a mattress a few days later.

Cerna-Carrillo will be credited two years and 270 days for time served.