Va. Man Strangled by Prison Inmate who Asked for Death Penalty

August 6, 2010

A vigil is planned for a Norfolk man who was killed in a southwest Virginia prison last week.

Prosecutors say 26-year-old Aaron Alexander Cooper was strangled at Red Onion State Prison by an inmate who had warned officials he would kill again if not given the death penalty for killing his cellmate last year.

Robert Gleason Jr. is awaiting sentencing on that murder Aug. 31. He was serving life for killing a man in Amherst County. Prosecutors have not yet charged him in Cooper's death, but say surveillance video shows he was involved and that he has confessed.

Cooper was serving 34 years for crimes including carjacking and
robbery. The vigil will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Oakdale Presbyterian Church in Norfolk.

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