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Jefferson City inmate sentenced to life in prison after killing another inmate in 2013

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - An inmate at the Jefferson City Correctional Center has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty to a fellow inmate's death. 

Terry Volner, 29, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to first-degree murder for fatally striking Jose Benitez, 67, in 2013. 

The plea was based on an agreement with prosecutors who originally wanted to seek the death penalty in the case. 

According to court documents, Volner committed the killing "for the purpose of receiving money or any other thing of monetary value from the victim." 

Volner was already serving a life sentence without parole for killing a child in 2011. 

Public defender Tom Jacquinot said the ruling is a "just resolution" under the circumstances. 


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