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Tucson man convicted for killing wife receives life sentence in murder of cellmate

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King Yates

King Yates (right) was convicted Dec. 13 for murdering his cellmate, Branden Roth (left)

TUCSON (KVOA) - The Tucson man convicted for fatally shooting his wife in 2016 was sentenced to life in prison in connection to an unrelated murder on Friday.

Back in November 2016, King Yates, who was 22 years old at the time, was arrested while sleeping in a residence with an eviction notice in the 2400 block of North Desert Links Drive after his wife, Cassandra died with obvious signs of gunshot trauma in a neighbor's apartment the previous day.

About five months after Yates was booked into Pima County Jail on charges of first-degree murder, misconduct involving weapons/prohibited possessor and second-degree burglary in connection to the case, Yates' cellmate, Branden Roth was found beaten and strangled in their cell in April 2017.

While the case was determined to be unrelated, Yates was charged with another first-degree murder charge in connection to his cellmate's death.

More than 19 months after being sentenced to life in prison for murdering Cassandra, a jury found Yates guilty in Roth's murder on Monday.

He was sentenced to natural life in prison, which will be served consecutively to his life sentence received in the death of Cassandra.

Yates' cellmate was initially booked into jail for felony theft. According to his family, Roth allegedly stole an expensive piece of equipment from a co-worker.

Roth's family said he was not able to post bond because he previously committed multiple nonviolent offenses.

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