Man gets life term for killing cellmate
LEBANON, Ohio (AP) -- An inmate at Lebanon Correctional Institution convicted of strangling his cellmate was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
A three-judge panel in Warren County Common Pleas Court could have given Daniel Hairston, 27, the death penalty Monday for killing Ronald Rogers on Jan. 6, 2003.
The judges found Hairston guilty last week of aggravated murder in the death of his cellmate. The two had argued over lint left on a television.
Hairston was already serving 66 years to life in prison for the aggravated murders of a store owner and customer in 1995 in Cleveland.
He would have been eligible at 65 for parole.
Monday's sentence all but eliminates the chance Hairston will ever be released from prison.
Rogers was serving a seven- to 25-year sentence on a 1989 rape conviction in Franklin County.