Illegal immigrant held in Arizona ‘choked and stomped his cellmate to death so he could stay in custody because he likes it in prison’

By  Snejana Farberov

PUBLISHED: 13:41 EST, 26  November 2013 |  UPDATED: 17:47 EST, 26 November 2013

Arizona authorities say a prison inmate who  was in the U.S. illegally killed his cellmate because he wanted to remain behind  bars.

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office has  recommended that prosecutors charge 43-year-old Roberto Venegas-Fernandez with  first-degree murder in the November 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.

 Roberto Venegas-Fernandez, 43. Arizona authorities say the killing of a prison inmate resulted from Venegas-Fernandez's desire to remain in custody Roberto Venegas-Fernandez, 43. Arizona authorities say the killing of a prison inmate resulted from Venegas-Fernandez's desire to remain in custody

Devious plan: Roberto Venegas-Fernandez (left), an  undocumented immigrant from Mexico convicted of a sex crime in the U.S., told  detectives he killed Michael McNaughton (right) to avoid release and deportation

Sheriff Paul Babeu said Venegas-Fernandez  told investigators that he choked and stomped McNaughton because he likes it in  prison and was afraid of being released since he has nowhere to  go.

McNaughton’s death was initially believed to  have resulted from a jailhouse fight, but Venegas-Fernandez later told  investigators that he choked his cellmate while he was sitting on his  bunk.

The 43-year-old Mexican national, who is an  undocumented immigrant, then stomped on McNaughton’s head and bit him in the  groin, telling officials he did all that so he could remain in prison, CBS5AZ.com reported.

 

The inmate told homicide detectives that he  was afraid to be released and deported back to Mexico, so he brutally killed the  55-year-old man to ensure that he would be charged with first-degree murder,  according to AZFamily.

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