More disturbing news out of Florence, Arizona today as we learn that one prisoner’s desire to remain in custody led directly to the killing of his cellmate. Though investigators originally believed the murder was the result of a heated altercation between the two inmates, they are now suggesting his motive was to make sure he stayed in prison.
As a result, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is recommending that prosecutors charge 43-year-old Roberto Venegas-Fernandez with first-degree murder in the Nov. 16 killing of 55-year-old Michael Patrick McNaughton.
Both men were prisoners of the U.S. Marshals Service, which has said they were from the San Diego area and housed at a Corrections Corp. of America prison in Florence pending their transfer to the Bureau of Prisons.
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