A federal inmate was indicted by a grand jury Thursday for killing his cell mate at United States Penitentiary Atwater in 2003.
Samuel Stone, 32, faces charges of first degree murder and murder by a federal prisoner serving a life sentence in the killing of his cell mate Michael Anita.
The day of the killing on July 30, 2003, the pair were being housed in the prison's special housing unit. At the time, Stone was serving a life sentence for two separate 1999 homicides, according to Lauren Horwood, spokesperson for United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner, Eastern District of California
Horwood said attorneys intend to seek the death penalty in the case.
The case was investigated by the FBI, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elana S. Landau for the Eastern District of California and Trial Attorney Jacabed Rodriguez-Coss of the Criminal Division's Capital Case Unit, according to Horwood.
— Sun-Star staff