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SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania prison inmate has been charged with criminal homicide in the death of his cellmate.

State police said 25-year-old Joshua Perry was found dead Tuesday under the bed in his cell in State Correctional Institution-Somerset.

Troopers said he had his hands tied behind his back and a sheet around his neck and died of apparent blunt-force trauma.

Twenty-five-year-old Dale Wakefield is charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault and assault by prisoner.

Perry was serving a 5½- to 11-year term on aggravated assault and child endangerment convictions in York County in connection with injuries to a former girlfriend’s toddler.

Wakefield is serving a life term without parole in the 2013 stabbing death of a homeless veteran near a suburban Philadelphia train station. Court documents don’t list a defense attorney.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Comments (2)
  1. David Colton says:

    Already serving Life, kills another..what are they going to do to him? NOTHING.
    The law needs to be changed that once you are convicted & given life, IF you kill someone else…death within 72 hours-period!
    Only way I know to stop the assaults on guards (and other inmates.) Which has gone up by 57% since 2010. (But the Liberal media won’t report THAT.) Need some deterrent to stop these assaults on prison & jail staff. (I could care less about the inmates.)

  2. That, or quit sentencing petty crimes to prison, and if not, then quit housing non murderers with murderers. They have enough jails to house thieves w/thieves, rapists w/rapists, murderers w/murderers, etc.

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