Inmate Gets Third Life Term For Killing Cellmate

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — A state prison inmate has been sentenced to a third consecutive life term for the first-degree murder of his cellmate.

Darren Witmer, 41, was sentenced Tuesday in Allegany County Circuit Court in Cumberland.

He was convicted in May of strangling Jeffrey Kay, 48, in November 2009 at the maximum-security Western Correctional Institution.

Witmer was already serving two life sentences plus 10 years for two murders and a jailbreak in Frederick County in early 1994.

Kay was serving 20 years on theft, burglary and related convictions in Montgomery County.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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