An inmate at a federal prison in central California has agreed to plead guilty to killing a correctional officer seven years ago to avoid a possible death sentence, federal prosecutors said.
Jose Cabrera Sablan, 47, agreed on Friday to plead guilty to murder in a negotiated agreement that will put him in prison for the rest of his life, U.S. Attorney Ben Wagner in Sacramento said in a statement.
Sablan is currently serving life with a chance of parole. The plea deal "would eliminate the possibility of release," Wagner said.
Fresno Bee, 6/27/15; update: Sablan was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on September 29, 2015]