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Hazelton inmate sentenced to life without parole in slaying of another prisoner


CLARKSBURG, West Virginia — A federal inmate has been sentenced to life without parole in the slaying of another prisoner.

The Exponent Telegram ( ) reports that 33-year-old Kevin Marquette Bellinger was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Clarksburg.

A federal jury convicted Bellinger in June on charges of second-degree murder and murder by an inmate serving a life sentence. Keeley ruled that his sentence will run consecutive to the earlier life sentence.

Bellinger and co-defendant Patrick Andrews were charged with killing 28-year-old fellow inmate Jesse Harris at the U.S. Penitentiary at Hazelton on Oct. 7, 2007. Prosecutors say Harris was stabbed 22 times.

Andrews is awaiting trial.

Bellinger's attorney, assistant federal defender Richard Walker, says he plans to appeal.

Information from: The Exponent Telegram,

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