Utah prisoner charged with strangling cellmate

Utah prisoner charged with strangling cellmate

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- An inmate at the Utah State Prison in Draper has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his cellmate.

Authorities allege 29-year-old Athian Kout Mawien strangled47-year-old Mark Helms with a laundry bag last month.

The Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office says the two argued and the fight escalated into Mawien punching Helms and then choking him.

Mawien was convicted of attempted aggravated sex assault and forcible sex abuse in October 2004 and sentenced to seven years to life in prison.

Helms was in prison on child sex abuse charges.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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