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Maryland Man Sentenced for Killing Cellmate:  A Maryland inmate already serving a 60 year sentence for killing his girlfriend in 2008 has been ordered to serve another sentence after pleading guilty to murdering his cellmate early last year.  The Associated Pres reports that 44-year-old Vernon Cowan killed his cellmate because he wanted his own private cell. He was sentenced to serve an additional 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.  The inmate killed, 51-year-old Ricky Bailey, was serving a life sentence from Connecticut and was transferred to the Maryland prison under an interstate prisoner agreement.

TX Obtains New Supply of Execution Drugs: Following its most recent execution last night, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice has announced they have obtained a new supply of execution drugs available for use after the existing supply expires at the end of the month.  Michael Graczyk of the Associated Press reports that officials will not reveal where they purchased the drugs to protect the privacy the supplier.  The state's next execution is scheduled for April 3.

Pedophile Pleads Guilty to Rape, Murder
: A New York man on bail awaiting sentencing on federal child porn charges has plead guilty to the carjacking and murder of a mother and the rape of her 10-year-old daughter.  The Associated Press reports that while out on bond, 30-year-old David Renz removed his court-ordered GPS monitoring device, carjacked a woman and her daughter in a mall parking lot.  While in custody for the murder and rape, Renz was sentenced to 30 years on the porn charges.  He could be sentenced to life without parole for the carjacking, rape and murder.  His sentencing is set for May 16.

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