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A man has been sentenced to more than 24 years in prison after murdering his cellmate, who had raped his little sister.
Shane Goldsby was serving a sentence after having been involved in a police chase back in 2017 when he was put in a cell with Robert Munger, who was doing 43 years for sex offences.
According to reports, the 26-year-old said he felt deeply uneasy at sharing a cell with the paedophile, 70, and he eventually snapped after Munger allegedly bragged about his heinous crimes.
Goldsby beat Munger unconscious after attacking him from behind, with CCTV recording the assault, which happened at Airway Heights Corrections Center in Washington last year.
Munger died from his injuries three days later.
In a statement, which Goldsby attempted to read out in court before being overcome by emotion and asking his lawyer to read it for him, he apologised to Munger's family.
He said: "I cannot imagine what it would be like to lose a loved one in this kind of way.
"To his wife and his whole family I apologise. I am so sorry and I hope you are able to heal from what I caused."
He added that he never intended to kill Munger and would have preferred to see him behind bars for the rest of his life.
Goldsby was convicted of murder.
Investigators found that the Washington Department of Corrections was unaware of the link between the two men, something its systems should have flagged before they were put together, it has been said.
Last year, Goldsby told KHQ he had even requested to move cells but that it was denied.
He said: "I had so much stuff going on in my head. I wasn't stable at that point. I wasn't.
"I was getting to that point, because [Munger] kept wanting to give me details about what happened, what he did - about the photos and the videos of him doing this stuff. It was building up.
"I was questioning things on what was going on, 'Why is all this going on?' But as I said, I gave my life to God in 2019. I quit gangbanging. I was doing good.
"You put me in the same cell as this dude. I feel set up. I'm the victim."
State Department of Corrections spokeswoman Janelle Guthrie told the Associated Press: "There was no clear indication in the documentation regularly reviewed for housing assignments that there was a potential conflict."
She also told KHQ that a review was now underway.
She said: "The Airway Heights Corrections Center is conducting its own administrative investigation into this situation and is cooperating with law enforcement and the courts on the criminal matter."
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