Arizona Inmate Kills Cell Mate to Stay in Jail and Avoid Deportation

Fox News Latino, November 27, 2013

An Arizona inmate was killed behind bars—beaten to death by the man who shared his cell. Authorities say the motive behind the attack was that he was about to be released and deported back to Mexico.

When detectives first arrived at the Florence Correctional Center, they found 55-year-old Michael Patrick McNaughton dead and his cell mate, 43-year-old Roberto Venegas-Fernandez nearby.


“It wasn’t what appeared to be a fight at all, but a very deliberate intentional murder,” said Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu.

Both inmates were being housed at the private prison for sex crimes. They arrived on Friday, November 15th and by Saturday morning, Fernandez had strangled the victim to death.

“This was planned out in an effort to ensure that he would not leave the United States,” said Babeu.

According to the sheriff, Fernandez is an undocumented immigrant and was approaching his release date.

“He told our detectives he liked three meals a day. The jail guards were very nice to him and he was afraid that upon his release he would be deported back to Mexico. He wanted to be sure that he wouldn’t be deported back to Mexico,” said Babeu.

And to be sure he would get the most serious charge, he also bit the victim’s private area.


The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is recommending that prosecutors charge Venegas-Fernandez with first-degree murder.

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  • dd121

    This is one of the reasons the death penalty used to be enforced. When other punishments weren’t up to the task there was always the threat of capital punishment.

    • Anglo

      I’m for capital punishment and save the tax payer’s money.

      • LACountyRedneck

        Same here. A bullet will suffice.

  • Greg Thomas

    Shows just how stupid mexicans really are. This government does not want to deport a single illegal invading mexican, regardless of the crime(s) committed. The chances of deportation after release were slim at best

  • Truthseeker

    The U.S. has enough crazies of its own. We don’t need to take on the burden of Mexico’s parasitic sociopaths.

    • Manaphy

      Mexxico’s parasitic sociopaths would probably be the entire population of that country.

  • Manaphy

    I believe that our White Nationalist brothers in prison should make sure that this guy wishes he were beck in Mexico.

    • Anon

      Why? To avenge the death of a sick pedofag who was obviously having sex with this freak when he bit it off then strangled him? More to the point, by what right does any rapist, murderer, robber or miscellaneous drug psychopath claim the title “brother” to me simply because his gang of drug dealers think white nationalism is evil and hence a cool moniker to coin and seem badass. A handful of whites are political prisoners. But most of those in prison are there for a reason and, quite frankly, a good start to reclaiming a white nation is emptying out the prisons and turning those “people” into something useful….like fertilizer for a crop.

  • Living amongst these creatures for 30 years in south Texas, I’ve seen Messcans pull some crazy stuff, but even I’m shocked at this loon’s shenanigans. The bloody Aztec heart beats just below the skin surface in most of them. Cruel, savage, and heartless they are, plus most are not as honest as this one. The ones I’ve known would say, “I didn’t do it.” Crazy.

    • So CAL Snowman

      No wonder thousands of non – Aztec natives joined Cortes in the overthrow of the Aztec empire.

  • JackKrak

    It’s official – being in jail in America is STILL better than breathing free Mexico

    • joesolargenius

      This man was in jail for a sex crime ,do you think he waited until he got here before he started raping people , he most likely is wanted for sex crimes there as well and knew he would die in a Mexican prison if deported.

      • mobilebay

        Gee! And his citizenship papers were already in the mail.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    Now we have to support this Aztec savage for the rest of his natural life with our own tax dollars? He should be deported and forced to serve his sentence in a Mexican prison.

    • joesolargenius

      Many of the Mexican jails are much easier time than here , for example they get conjugal visits every weekend with overnight stays and all day once during the week.
      They also have restaurants on the prison grounds and the prison dormitories are opened from 7 am to 7pm daily so there is free access to roam the prison grounds, and for a consistent bribe you can live in a private apartment called considerados or the( considered ones) .

  • That this peasant Mexican invader would kill someone so as to remain in an American prison, tells us what a toilet bowl Mexico is! Mexico isn’t a sewer because of a poor political structure or because they lack ‘opportunities,’ but because the land is filled with illiterate, low-IQ people known as Mexicans. Yet these people are precisely the ones Republicans want to invite and grant amnesty to!

    • Anglo

      Thanks! I didn’t have to say it; you said it for me. Exactly what I was thinking!

    • joesolargenius

      Politicians are elected because Big Business which runs all governments pays the cost of their campaigns , we citizens vote for the candidates picked by Big Business to run for public office . Our sole power in voting is always right to choose the person who we believe to be the lesser of two evils.

      • Actually globalist corporations, big ag and other such culprits are allies on open borders with the Multicultural Marxists. For average common-sense Whites it is the ‘perfect storm.’

  • Puggg

    He probably would not have been actually and truly deported. That’s the sad irony of this situation.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      No one is actually, truly deported nowadays. And even if he was, sneaking back in is ridiculously easy.

  • JohnEngelman

    They ought to transfer him to a cell on death row.

  • RHG

    I am sure he doesn’t miss an opportunity to spout “Viva Meheco” every chance he gets while eating US taxpayer provided grub.

  • Alexandra1973

    Maybe he needs to spend some time in Sheriff Joe’s Tent City. Then he’d be BEGGING to go home!

    • WR_the_realist

      I love Sheriff Joe. I just wish we could clone him and put a copy in every county.

  • This might actually slow down his ‘path to’ citizenship, but undoubtedly Holder is already working on it.

    • John R

      If the guy he killed was black he would be counted as “white” in the crime reports, as you probably already know.

  • WR_the_realist

    I hope Arizona has the death penalty.

  • WR_the_realist

    I would. I think it’s entirely appropriate to give the death penalty to an illegal immigrant who murders someone solely that he can continue to be supported on the tax payers’ dime.

  • I think this greaserito was either just too stupid to imagine how wonderful freedom is or institutionalized himself a bit too much. I institutionalized my own personality as a psychological survival measure. My soul went onto 24-hour lockdown. I still have nightmares in which I am locked up again and nobody will tell me why. Nobody raped me or beat me up, but it was the constant, grinding despair that hurt, even though I knew exactly when I would be released. I was so quiet that one of the corrections officers asked me whether I was in the proper dorm. I wasn’t afraid of the other inmates, but became very homesick, even though I had gone away to college and had gone overseas. Being locked up wasn’t the same as that.

    I belong at home, growing vegetables during the summers, working in my basement workshop, welding in my garage, reading, cooking, making fishing lures and flies, writing military history articles, playing “Neverwinter Nights” and commenting here. This unimaginative moron belonged in Mexico, watching chicken fights, picking fruit and vegetables and recovering from the behavior that got him nailed in the first place. Now he’s in the toilet for the rest of his life, all over three hots and a cot.

    • PvtCharlieSlate

      OK, why the deletion?
      Why was what I said any worse than someone else saying he ought to be shot?

  • M&S

    So…you believe he did a service by killing the other sex offender.
    There was no promise of payment for that service. Therefore, the state of Arizona and the peoples therein are not obligated to fail to kill him for his own crime of murder.
    One crime does not offset another.
    Put another way: The citizens of Arizona -were- willing to pay for the other criminal’s continued incarceration. He did no service to Arizona which was asked or even convenient to them. Because the cost of keeping one man in prison (‘private prison’ = low/medium security, about 24,000 dollars a year) is less than the 200-500,000 of a murder prosecution. And the 500,000 more for a life sentence.
    I am generally against the application of the death penalty on an initial offense. If it was so horrific to inspire a perception of need for such extreme punishment, it was likely a function of a psychological default.
    I am for very short sentences and a Three Strikes You’re Dead policy of recidivism showing a real, genetic, predisposition to crime.
    However; such a protection applies only to legal citizens of the United States.
    In this case, having broken the law through illegal entry, having further shown a disregard for that law through a sex crime and now having committed murder while in prison, he win’s The Grand Prize /either way/.
    Thus, my only question: Vanilla or Cherry?