Man serving life without parole for murder of Bakersfield woman suspected in death of cellmate

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A man serving life without parole for the murder of a Bakersfield woman is suspected of killing his cellmate at Corcoran State Prison Saturday morning. 

Jaime Osuna, 31, was placed in solitary confinement after his cellmate, 44-year-old Luis Romero, was found dead during security checks at around 7:30 a.m., according to California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokeswoman Vicky Waters. 

Osuna was a serving life sentence for the 2011 killing and torture of 36-year-old Yvette Pena

Pena’s body was found in a motel room with knives and a pair of scissors in her back. 

He pleaded guilty to Pena’s murder to avoid the death penalty in May 2017.

Romero was serving a life-with-parole sentence after being convicted in Los Angeles County of second-degree murder with the use of a firearm.

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