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Inmate charged with strangling cellmate

McALESTER  An inmate already serving a life sentence for a murder conviction has been charged with strangling his cellmate with a sheet. 

The Oklahoman reports that 48-year-old Mikell P. Smith was charged in Pittsburg County District Court with second-degree murder in the July 19 death of 43-year-old Timothy Hale. 

Hale and Smith were cellmates at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, where both were serving sentences of life without parole for first-degree murder convictions. Smith also is serving a second life sentence for murder in the death of another inmate and a 500-year sentence for the near-fatal stabbing of a corrections officer.

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