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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

An inmate at the state prison in Florence has been charged with the murder of a fellow inmate.   

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office says Roberto Venegas-Fernandez killed Michael McNaughton during a fight on November 16.

They say the attack seemed to be a deliberate murder based on interviews with Venegas-Fernandez.

He told detectives he was afraid of being released and wanted to stay in jail.

Sheriff Paul Babeu said, "Roberto told detectives that he likes it in prison and he was afraid of being released, since he had nowhere to go. Roberto wanted to find a way to stay in jail…"

Venegas-Fernandez was sent to prison for a sex crime, but would have been deported to Mexico upon release.

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