Gary Watland pleads guilty to killing another inmate

A prisoner who has previously expressed hope of spending his life at Supermax will get his wish after prosecutors decided not to pursue the death penalty against him for a prison murder he committed.

Gary Watland, 51, pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court, interrupting jury selection proceedings. Judge John L. Kane sentenced Watland to life without parole without comment.

Watland is accused of killing Mark Baker, who was imprisoned with him in Florence. He has claimed he killed Baker because the inmate had been threatening to harm him.

Read more about the case and the sentencing in The Denver Post.