William Hugh Irish, who admitted helping to break into two homes the night an elderly woman was murdered in one of the houses, has been sentenced to one to 15 years in prison.

Third District Judge Paul Maughan sentenced Irish, 23, for a second-degree felony aggravated burglary charge this past week.

Irish originally was charged with murder but entered into a plea bargain in return for cooperating with law enforcement.

Irish and another man, Rodney Roy Renzo, 22, accompanied Floyd Eugene Maestas into two Glendale homes on Sept. 28, 2004, with the idea that they were going to steal from the places to get cash for liquor, according to court testimony.

A jury convicted Maestas of capital murder for killing Donna Lou Bott, 72, during one of the break-ins. Maestas, 52, is now on death row for beating, strangling and stomping Bott to death, first on her bed and then on the bedroom floor.

Prosecutors also maintain Maestas roughed up another woman, who was 86 at the time, in the other house. She survived her injuries.

Renzo was sentenced previously to one to 15 years in prison.