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Minnesota Inmate Convicted of Murder: A Minnesota inmate has been sentenced to an additional 40 years behind bars after agreeing to plead guilty to killing a fellow inmate last December.  The Associated Press reports that 30-year-old Benjamin Beck plead guilty to second-degree intentional murder after telling prosecutors he had no choice but to kill the other inmate due to the fact that he was a convicted child rapist.  Beck had been incarcerated since 2007 after being convicted of aggravated robbery and first-degree burglary.

Convicted Killer Granted Stay of Execution: An Ohio man sentenced to death after being convicted of killing his two young children and former mother-in-law has been granted a stay of execution.  The Canton Rep reports that James Mammone was scheduled to be executed on March 8, 2017, the stay will remain in effect until he has exhausted all post-conviction court proceedings and appeals.  Mammone recently asked the court reconsider his murder convictions and death sentence, however, the court ruled by a vote of 6-1 to uphold both the verdict and sentence.

CA High Court Upholds Death Sentence: In a unanimous ruling, the California Supreme Court upheld the conviction and death sentence of a man who killed a young woman more than two decades ago.  Marjorie Hernandez of the Ventura County Star reports that Justin Merriman, a documented skinhead gang member, was sentenced to death in 2001 for the rape and murder of a Southern California college student.  Merriman challenged his conviction and sentence based on a claim of juror misconduct and evidence errors.

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