Jun 28, 2015 12:40 PM by News Staff
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An inmate at a federal prison in central California has agreed to plead guilty to murder in the 2008 killing of a correctional officer to avoid a possible death sentence.
Federal prosecutors in Sacramento say 47-year-old Jose Cabrera Sablan agreed on Friday to plead guilty to murder in a negotiated agreement that will put him in prison for the rest of his life.
News of the deal was first reported by KFSN-TV.
Sablan was serving a life sentence for murder at the U.S. penitentiary in Atwater when he was accused of fatally stabbing correctional Officer Jose Rivera.
The 22-year-old Rivera was conducting a headcount when he was attacked. Officers are not armed with guns in federal prisons.
Sablan is expected to enter his plea in Los Angeles next month.
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