Inmate gets 15 years for death at federal prison in Forrest City

FORREST CITY, Ark. (AP) - A federal inmate was sentenced to an additional 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the 2007 death of another inmate.

The U.S. Attorney's office in Little Rock says 31-year-old Octavio Lozoya Jr. of Hueco Village, Texas, was serving a 20-year sentence at the Federal Correctional Complex in Forrest City when he got into a fight with 29-year-old inmate Rigoberto Lopez-Alvarado.

An indictment says Lozoya and another inmate restrained Lopez-Alvarado and kicked and beat him. Lozoya was initially indicted on suspicion of second-degree murder, but it was dropped to voluntary manslaughter as part of a plea deal.

Lozoya was sentenced Friday in Little Rock. Prosecutors say he will serve the 15-year sentence once he completes his current sentence for harboring an illegal alien resulting in death.

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