A federal inmate is charged with murder for allegedly killing his cellmate at the Lewisburg federal penitentiary in October 2015.

A grand jury indictment on a single count of murder was filed Thursday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office against Jose Hernandez-Vasquez, 57.

Hernandez-Vasquez is accused of strangling 57-year-old Gerardo Arche-Felix with a bed sheet on Oct. 14, 2015.

The maximum penalty for first-degree murder is the death penalty or life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Arche-Felix’s death was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Prisons Special Investigative Service, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Bruce Brandler.

Assistant United States Attorney Geoffrey W. MacArthur is the assigned prosecutor.

A press release issued by the prison at the time of Arche-Felix’s death said he was involved in an “altercation” at 3:20 a.m. He was pronounced dead about one hour later at an unidentified Valley hospital.

Hernandez-Vasquez is held at the federal penitentiary in Springfield, Mo., according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons online inmate locator.

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