- Associated Press - Monday, September 18, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Prosecutors say they’ll seek the death penalty for a man accused in the gang-related stabbing and beating death of a fellow prison inmate.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill announced the decision Monday in the case of 31-year-old Ramon Luis Rivera.

He is one of two men charged in the March 2016 the death of 24-year-old Jeffrey Vigil, who had been in prison for almost a year after violating his parole.

Prosecutors say Rivera stomped and kicked the victim in the head more than 70 times in slaying.

Rivera’s lawyers couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. He has pleaded not guilty.

Co-defendant Albert Collin Fernandez is charged with murder, which is not a capital crime. He has pleaded not guilty.


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