- Associated Press - Friday, June 19, 2015

DENVER (AP) - An inmate who killed the former leader of the Mexican Mafia, a Hispanic prison gang, at Colorado’s federal supermax prison has been sentenced to life.

The Denver Post reports (http://goo.gl/yv6IoQ ) Silvestre “Chikali” Rivera was sentenced Friday for fatally kicking, stomping and beating 63-year-old Manuel “Tati” Torrez in April 2005 at the Administrative Maximum U.S. Penitentiary in Florence. Rivera was convicted in April of first-degree murder.

Rivera, currently serving time for a string of bank robberies in Arizona and California, testified that he believed he had to kill Torrez to save his own life.

An accomplice, Richard “Chuco” Santiago, faces a possible death penalty for taking a leading role in killing Torrez.

Rivera’s attorney says he plans to appeal the sentence.

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

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