A convicted killer serving 20 years to life has been handed a life sentence for killing an inmate at Toledo Correctional Center.
A judge sentenced 26-year-old Dustin Lynch on Tuesday to life without parole.
Lynch had pleaded no contest in the strangling of Arturo Lopez last March at the north Toledo prison. According to online records for Lopez, the 43-year-old was behind bars on a rape conviction from 2005 and was scheduled for within a year of his murder.
reports that the 26-year-old Lynch already was serving a sentence for killing a 17-year-old girl in Medina County in 2002.
The most recent inmate-on-inmate murder was the jailâ??s fourth in the past 13-months, in addition to an inmate suicide. Prior to the recent string of violence, the last inmate murder at TOCI occurred in 2000. A recent report from the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee suggests the increase in violence is the result of changes enacted by Governor John Kasich in 2011.
Records show violence at the prison rose after the state started doubling up inmates in the same cell to deal with overcrowding. ecords show violence at the prison rose after the state started doubling up inmates in the same cell to deal with overcrowding.
(The Associated Press contributed to this article.)