Saturday, September 25, 2004

Prisoner gets death penalty for strangling gay cellmate

The Bristol paper reports here ("Armstrong gets death penalty," 9/25/04), the Kingsport paper reports here ("Red Onion inmate sentenced to death for killing cell mate," 9/25/04), and the AP reports here that a Wise County jury sentenced a Red Onion inmate to death for the murder by strangulation of his homosexual cellmate.

The defendant is reported to have said that prison has made him into a beast.

It is the first death sentence in Wise County in decades.

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