Prisoner gets death sentence for killing cellmate

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By: Associated Press
December 19, 2017

MILTON, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida prisoner with a history of attacking other inmates has been sentenced to death for fatally beating his cellmate.

The Pensacola News Journal reports 37-year-old Shawn Rogers was sentenced Monday after Santa Rosa County jurors voted unanimously for the death penalty. He was convicted in August of first-degree murder and kidnapping.

Authorities say Ricky D. Martin was found lying in a pool of blood in his cell with his hands and feet bound in March 2012. He was taken to a Pensacola hospital, where he died a week later.

Rogers was already serving a life sentence for armed robbery and battery convictions in Volusia County. Officials say Rogers has a history of violence, including multiple assaults on inmates.

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