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Massachusetts prisoner pleads guilty killing fellow inmate

April 8, 2016

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts prison inmate serving a life sentence for murder has pleaded guilty to fatally beating a fellow inmate so severely that his face was barely recognizable.

Michael Freeman was given another life sentence with no chance for parole after pleading guilty to first-degree murder Friday in the August 2014 death of 72-year-old William Sires.

Freeman, convicted of killing a man during a home invasion in 1995, told the judge that he didn’t intend to kill Sires at first, but changed his mind in the middle of the beating.

Authorities say Sires, who used a cane, was walking laps on a tier at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley when he got into an argument with Freeman.

Sires was serving a life sentence for killing his mother in 1973.

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