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Snack cake killing brings prison term of 25-75 years
(2008-01-22)
(wgvu) - GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A man convicted of killing a Kent
County Jail cellmate whom he suspected of stealing his snack cake
will spend the next 25 to 75 years in prison.
Kent County Circuit Judge James Redford sentenced 19-year-old
Benny Rochelle on Tuesday in the death of 46-year-old Jose Estrada.
Prosecutors say Rochelle dragged Estrada from the top bunk of
his bed after discovering his Honey Bun snack cake was missing.
Estrada was sent crashing headfirst onto the concrete floor of
their jail cell. He died two days after leaving jail in November
2006.
A jury last month convicted Rochelle of second-degree murder.
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