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Illegal alien killed his cellmate to avoid deportation

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On Nov. 16, Roberto Venegas Fernandez, 43, brutally murdered his cellmate in an Arizona prison, to avoid his upcoming release date and pending deportation, according to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office (PCSO).

The victim, Michael Patrick McNaughton, 55, was sitting on his bunk when Fernandez reportedly began choking him.

McNaughton fell to the floor as he began to lose consciousness, at which time, Fernandez repeatedly stomped on his head.

After some more choking, Fernandez bit McNaughton in the groin.

The Mexican national bit McNaughton in the groin "to ensure he got 'first degree' murder," said PCSO spokesman, Tim Gaffney.

Fernandez readily admitted to the crime, describing all the grisly details to investigators.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu told the Associated Press:

As an illegal, Roberto Fernandez originally committed a sex crime in the U.S. and was sent to prison. Now, as he is approaching his release from prison and would be deported back to Mexico, he brutally murdered a U.S. citizen to ensure that he's not deported. This is a sick and heinous crime amid countless other crimes committed by criminal illegals."

Fernandez will be charged with first-degree murder, and will likely spend the rest of his life inside a U.S. prison.

McNaughton, like Fernandez was a sex offender, and was awaiting a transfer from the Corrections Corporation of America prison in Florence to the to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

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