- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

DENVER (AP) - A prisoner who asked to spend the rest of his life at the federal Supermax prison in Colorado will get his wish after prosecutors decided not to pursue the death penalty against him for a prison murder he committed.

Gary Watland pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court, interrupting jury selection proceedings. Judge John Kane immediately sentenced Watland to life without parole.

Watland was accused in 2008 of killing Mark Baker, who was imprisoned with him in Florence. Watland claimed he killed Baker because the inmate had threatened to harm him.

According to the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/m86uv29 ), the U.S. Attorney’s Office says the plea was in the best interests of justice given the circumstances of the case.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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