Belton man sentenced for strangling fellow inmate to death

Posted at 12:24 AM, Jun 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-16 10:44:21-04

A 36-year-old Belton man was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison on Thursday for the strangling death of his fellow inmate in 2008.

In February 2015, Refugio Junior Sanchez pleaded guilty to murdering the victim. He was sentenced to 135 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Sanchez and fellow inmate, Benito Flores, were found with the victim, who was unconscious on the floor.

Sanchez issued a written statement saying that he attacked the inmate during a heated argument.

Sanchez is currently in a Louisiana prison.

**NOTE** We initially reported Flores was the victim, but that is not the case. The name of the victim was not released as part of the sentencing release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.