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June 19, 2014

Federal inmate convicted of murder

TERRE HAUTE — Two men have been convicted for their roles in the death of a fellow inmate at the Terre Haute Federal Correctional Institute.

William J. Bell, 38, was convicted on one count of first degree murder and Lenard Dixon, 35, was convicted on one count of accessory after the fact, following a three-day jury trial before U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson.

According to evidence presented at trial, Bell entered the cell of a fellow inmate on June 18, 2011, and stabbed him to death. Bell’s cellmate, Dixon, concealed evidence of the crime, including the murder weapon.

Both Bell and Dixon had extensive criminal histories. Bell had nine prior convictions accumulated across Illinois, Arkansas and Kansas. At the time of the murder, he was serving a nearly eight-year sentence for carjacking. Dixon had several convictions in Kansas and, at the time of the murder, was serving a 35-year sentence for robbery.

Bell faces up to life in prison and Dixon faces up to 15 years, in addition to the time he is already serving.

 

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