El Ceritto Man Gets 12 Years For Killing Jailhouse Nurse With Table Lamp

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Contra Costa County Jail in Martinez. (CBS)

Contra Costa County Jail in Martinez. (CBS)

MARTINEZ (CBS/AP) — An El Cerrito man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for fatally beating a jailhouse nurse with a table lamp.

Thirty-eight-year-old Aaron Nygaard was sentenced Friday in Contra Costa County Superior Court, where the judge heard from many of the victim’s relatives and co-workers.

Nygaard pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in connection with the death of 55-year-old Cynthia Palomata of El Sobrante in October 2010.

Authorities say Nygaard was being held in the Martinez Detention Facility for allegedly breaking into a home.

Prosecutors say Nygaard faked a seizure and when Palomata rushed to his aid, he hit her head with a metal lamp, knocking her unconscious.

A native of the Philippines, Palomata died later at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.

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