Va inmate tied to prison murders befriended victim

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Associated Press

Posted on August 6, 2010 at 1:06 PM

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Virginia inmate who is accused in two prison slayings had befriended his latest victim and asked the man's mother to be his pen pal.

Robert Gleason Jr. is accused of killing 26-year-old Aaron Cooper at Red Onion State Prison last week.

Gleason pleaded guilty earlier this year to killing his cellmate at another prison. He told prosecutors he would kill again if they didn't give him the death penalty.

Gleason is set to be sentenced on Aug. 31. Prosecutors say they will wait until then to charge Gleason in Cooper's death.

Prosecutors say Gleason lured Cooper to the fence dividing their cages in the recreation yard on July 28 with a gift: a gang necklace. Prosecutors say it was actually a noose fashioned from torn bed sheets that Gleason used to strangle Cooper.

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