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Supermax inmate gets life for brutal murder in prison yard

By: Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post
December 9, 2016 Updated: December 10, 2016 at 7:32 am
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FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2007, file photo, guard towers loom over the administrative maximum security federal prison called Supermax near Florence, Colo. Senior U.S. officials say Friday, Oct. 2,2015, that a Defense Department team will be visiting Colorado State Penitentiary in Canon City and the so-called Supermax federal prison in Florence to assess their possible use to house detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as part of the Obama administration's plan to close that detention center. (Chris McLean(/The Pueblo Chieftain via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

A Mexican Mafia gang member has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally kicking, stomping and beating a high-ranking gang member in the nation’s most secure federal prison.

Richard “Chuco” Santiago, 56, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and murder by a life prisoner on Thursday in Denver U.S. District Court as part of a plea deal to avoid a possible death sentence in the beating death of Manuel “Tati” Torrez at the Administrative Maximum U.S. Penitentiary (known as Supermax) in Florence.

Denver U.S. District Judge Robert Blackburn immediately sentenced Santiago to life in prison. Santiago already is serving life in prison for prior prison murders.

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