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Man accused of killing Md. inmate pleads guilty to lesser charges

From the Associated Press: The last of three men charged with murdering a fellow state prison inmate from Prince George's County has pleaded guilty to reduced charges in Hagerstown.

Thirty-year-old Chad Cirigliano pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit second-degree assault and was sentenced to an additional 10 years. Cirigliano was already serving a 10-year sentence for a 2004 burglary conviction in Worcester County.

Prosecutors dropped first-degree murder, assault and robbery charges stemming from the April 2008 death of Armando Fernandez, a convicted child sexual abuser.

Fernandez died two months after he was attacked at the Roxbury Correctional Institution. State police had his body exhumed for an autopsy that concluded his death was a homicide.

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 9, 2009; 5:12 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland , Pr. George's , Prison Beat  
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Victim is dead and the penalty for the offender is the same thing he got for committing a burglary. That sounds fair.

Of course, any reasonable state would put to death a person who committed a murder while in prison. Now, this man has another ten years to kill another inmate or corrections officer. (More like five, if he makes parole.)

Maryland criminal justice is a joke.

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | December 9, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

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