FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California inmate says he killed his cellmate because the victim was charged with sexually abusing a child.
The Fresno Bee reported Wednesday that a judge sentenced 67-year-old Gary Dale Poole to 75-years-to-life in prison after a jury convicted him of first-degree murder.
During the trial, Poole alleged that 62-year-old Michael Stauff hanged himself in their cell.
But during a sentencing hearing Tuesday, Poole admitted he killed Stauff in April 2014 as an act of community service because Stauff was charged with sexually assaulting a child.
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Prosecutors argued during the trial that Poole killed Stauff because he refused to share food and coffee and the two argued over a television. The judge called Poole’s courtroom admission “striking in its audacity.”