- Associated Press - Saturday, September 10, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah prisoner has been charged with murder for allegedly killing his cellmate, who would have been released this month.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/2csVkSF) that 38-year-old Patrick Maez was charged with aggravated murder Thursday and could face the death penalty.

According to charging documents, Maez got into an argument Aug. 10 with 33-year-old James Charles Corbett at Utah State Prison in Draper.

Maez is accused of punching, stabbing and cutting Corbett before strangling him with a bed sheet.

Corbett was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Both were in a facility for inmates with mental health needs.

Department of Corrections officials say they shared a cell since July 29.

Maez was serving time for attempted kidnapping and retaliation against a judge. Corbett was in prison for child sexual abuse.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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