Michael ’Popeye’ Malory
Michael 'Popeye' Malory

An El Paso County man was sentenced Friday to 48 years in prison for

his role in a 2014 killing south of Colorado Springs, prosecutors say.

Michael "Popeye" Malory, 60, was found guilty of second-degree murder in October after he was acquitted by a jury in May of the more serious allegation of first-degree murder, court records show.

Daniel Baird, 37, was killed in May 2014 and his body was found in Malory's Security-Widefield home.

The Gazette reports Malory is one of three men accused in Baird's slaying. Brian Springsted was convicted of first-degree murder in the case and Nathan Varnadore pleaded guilty to an accessory charge.

Springsted is serving life in prison without parole.

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