Inmate says killing paedophile was a public service

A judge sentenced a remorseless Gary Dale Poole to 75-years-to-life in prison after a jury convicted him of first-degree murder. Poole on Tuesday said in court for the first time that he strangled Michael Stauff, 62.

“Mercy was mixed with justice. He met his maker,” Poole told Superior Court Judge Jonathan Conklin.

Poole, 67, had previously denied killing Stauff, who was found strangled by ripped bed sheets in their shared cell. A jury in California convicted him of murder after an hour of deliberations in March.

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