FLORENCE, Ariz. -- Arizona authorities said the killing of a prison inmate resulted from his cellmate's desire to remain in custody, not from a fight as initially believed.
The Pinal County Sheriff's Office is recommending that prosecutors charge 43-year-old Roberto Venegas-Fernandez with first-degree murder in the Nov. 16 killing of 55-year-old Michael Patrick McNaughton
Both men were prisoners of the U.S. Marshals Service, which has said they were from the San Diego area and housed at a Corrections Corporation of America prison in Florence pending their transfer to the Bureau of Prisons.
Sheriff Paul Babeu said Venegas-Fernandez told investigators that he choked and stomped McNaughton because he liked being in prison and was afraid of being released since he had nowhere to go.