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CALDWELL -- A Nampa man convicted in the murder of a man near Lake Lowell in the summer of 2012 will spend the rest of his life in prison.

District Judge Molly Huskey ordered 33-year-old Gregory Higgins to serve a fixed life sentence with no possibility of parole. In July, a jury found Higggins guilty of the murder of James Groat.

Prosecutors say Higgins and two accomplices lured Groat into a remote area, handed him a shovel, and told the 27-year-old to dig his own grave.

Groat was then shot multiple times, and his body was found the next day.

Police say Higgins suspected Groat was a police informant.

The judge also ordered Higgins to pay $5,000 in restitution and $300 in court costs and fines.

One of the men prosecutors call an accomplice to Groat's murder is set to be sentenced tomorrow.

Christopher Duran, 25, entered into a plea deal with Canyon County back in July.

He pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting second-degree murder.

Duran testified against Higgins during his trial.

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