Man tied to 2nd prison killing befriended victim

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Associated Press

Posted on August 6, 2010 at 1:32 PM

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Virginia inmate says he strangled another inmate because he was told he would not get the death penalty for killing another cellmate last year.

Robert Gleason Jr. pleaded guilty to killing his cellmate in May and warned prosecutors that he would kill again if not sentenced to death. His sentencing is Aug. 31.

Prosecutors say Gleason killed 26-year-old Aaron Cooper in a recreation yard at Red Onion State Prison on July 28. Gleason had befriended Cooper and lured him to the side of his recreation cage by saying he had a gang necklace for him.

In a letter to The Associated Press, Gleason says he killed because his prison lawyer told him he would not get the death penalty for the first murder and he was frustrated that his court filings had not been addressed.

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