Inmate is given 85 years in prison

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThen 10 more years were added because of two prior convictions, Mesropi said. The jury that convicted Perez in March of murdering Arraiga couldn’t reach a decision on whether, seven months after that slaying, he attempted to murder a guard. Authorities said Perez, in April 2005, tried to shove the guard over the railing of a second-floor walkway with a drop of 12 to 15 feet. The jury deadlocked 10-2 in favor of guilty on the attempted-murder charge, officials said. Perez admitted killing Arraiga, officials said, but gave differing explanations. He has said he was ordered to kill Arraiga for the Mexican Mafia and, alternately, that the victim had poor hygiene, according to officials. LANCASTER – A prison inmate convicted of strangling his cellmate was sentenced Thursday to 85 years to life in prison. Frank Perez, 31, was already serving a 12-year sentence for carjacking when he was accused of killing 27-year-old Eddie Arraiga in September 2004 in the California State Prison-Los Angeles County cell they shared. “The sentence will be consecutive to any sentence he’s currently serving,” Deputy District Attorney Fred Mesropi said. Perez’s term of 25 years to life for murdering Arraiga was multiplied by three – 75 years to life – because it was his third serious offense counted under California’s “three strikes, you’re out” law. Arraiga, who was strangled to death with a bed sheet, had been serving a five-year sentence for second-degree robbery and was scheduled to be released in July 2004, prison officials said. Perez and Arraiga were in the prison’s administrative segregation unit. Officials said inmates are kept there for reasons including disciplinary problems or danger in the general prison population. Both men were undergoing psychological treatment. Arraiga was put in administrative segregation after he destroyed another inmate’s television set, prison officials said. Prison officials didn’t say why Perez was in the segregation unit. [email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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