NOVATO (CBS/AP) — The San Quentin prison inmate convicted of murdering another inmate who was serving time in the death of a 9-year-old girl has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Frank Souza read a statement of condolence to the family of 9-year-old Melody Osheroff during his sentencing hearing on Wednesday, saying the innocence of a child will be defended at all costs. Souza also read from the poem, “Invictus.”

The 33-year-old Souza pleaded guilty in February to stabbing 44-year-old Edward Schaefer seven times in a prison yard in 2010. Schaefer had just begun serving his sentence in Osheroff’s death. He was convicted of striking and killing the girl and maiming her father, Aaron, in 2009 in Novato with his motorcycle while intoxicated.

Souza was serving time on a murder conviction.

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Comments (4)
  1. cynicalpeaches says:

    We should always remember that these crimes are not committed on grounds of moral principle. No one should ever suggest that Mr. Souza had genuine concern for Melody Osheroff or her family.

    It looks to me as if Mr. Souza may have exploited Melody’s tragedy as an excuse to commit an act of prison violence. We’ll never know his real motives, but for God’s sake don’t call him a hero.

    1. Jason Ellis says:

      Good call. The reason he did this was to earn “respect” within the prison, not to avenge the girl’s death. Killing someone that molested/murdered a child instantly gains you an elevated status. He’s just as much of a waste of life as the guy he killed. I guess it’s a good thing that he’ll never be free again, though.

    2. superbadbrotha says:

      What!!!!………If an Inmate enters the prison yard and acts like a tough guy, or portrays himself as one after the being sentenced over a crime such as he a discrace to that race. He is clearly no good. You make it sound as if Souza was born to comimit acts like this. Souza got the call and he answered it, cause if he didn’t, we would see his picture as a victim next to Schaefer with another suspect next to them. The only pinch of your comment I will agree on is that he’s not a hero. Other than that, research Inmate prison politics before exploiting free speech. You want to at least sound like you know what you’re talking about. I do however agree with Lee Ann…….Jailhouse Justice.

  2. Lee Anne says:

    Jailhouse justice

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