Prisoner kills cellmate because he wanted the entire room for himself (video)By Mason White 5:46 PM February 26, 2015
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By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) A prisoner was arrested on charges of murder after allegedly killing his cellmate because he wanted the room all to himself, police in Pennsylvania said.
45-year-old Lawrence Peterson Jr., who was convicted of raping a 9-year-old girl in Easton, killed his cellmate because he wanted his own private cell.
Peterson pleaded guilty to the crime and will now serve a life sentence on top of the 80 years he received for robbery and rape.
Prosecutors were planning to seek the death penalty, but agreed to life in prison after Peterson said he was willing to plead guilty to first-degree murder.
According to the police investigation, Peterson killed 59-year-old William Keitel. Keitel died in the infirmary of the state prison.
Peterson was found guilty of rape, aggravated indecent assault and aggravated assault for the attack on the girl, and attempted murder, aggravated assault and robbery for attacking an Easton woman and stealing her car.