Sacto 9-1-1
December 9, 2011
Inmate gets 45-to-life in cell killing of brother's murderer

A man convicted of murder in the prison killing of a cellmate who had killed his brother was sentenced today to 45 years to life in prison.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael A. Savage imposed the term of Roberto Canchola Jr., 39, for the Sept. 20, 2004, strangulation and beating death of Julian Joseph Barajas Jr., 27.

Canchola and Barajas had been celled together at California State Prison, Sacramento, even though Barajas had been incarcerated on a life term with no chance of parole for the 1993 murder of Canchola's younger brother.

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