Man who fatally beat inmate with mop handle gets 27 years

Security cameras captured the killing at the prison in Sheridan

Prison cell, file. (Neil Conway via Flickr Creative Commons)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man who killed another inmate in federal prison in 2014 by striking him in the head repeatedly with a mop handle, then punching and kicking him in a suspected gang-related hit has been sentenced to nearly 27 years in federal prison.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Emanuel Astacio-Arriaga was sentenced Wednesday for the killing of 32-year-old Hector Orlando Salgado-Valderrama.

Security cameras captured the killing at the prison in Sheridan as Astacio-Arriagathe approached the victim from behind while he sat at a computer terminal on the mezzanine of a housing unit.

Prosecutors say Salgado-Valderrama was wrongly suspected of cooperating with law enforcement and had ignored an order to get off the prison recreation yard by members of a Puerto Rican prison gang called Ñetas.

Salgado-Valderrama, of Columbia, was in prison for importing heroin.

The government said he wasn’t associated with any gang.

Astacio-Arriaga apologized in court.

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Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive