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CT inmate faces sentencing in prisoner's death

A jailhouse beating death spurred passage of a law to help to expose violence in city jails.

February 21, 2010 1:33:31 PM PST
A Connecticut inmate who pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in another inmate's beating death is facing sentencing. Waldemar Rivera was serving seven years for robbery when a fellow inmate, 34-year-old Kevin Cales, was fatally beaten at the McDougall-Walker Correctional Institution in May 2008.

Cales was in prison for causing a car crash that killed five people in Berlin in 2006, including one related by marriage to Rivera.

Rivera was originally charged with murder in what prosecutors described as a revenge killing. But they reduced the charge to manslaughter, saying they could not prove Rivera meant for Cales to die.

Rivera is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in Hartford Superior Court.


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