CHESHIRE — A Cheshire Correctional Institution inmate convicted of murder in 2005 faces new charges after police said he tried to kill his cellmate last year.
Angel Gonzalez, 42, was charged Wednesday with criminal attempt to commit murder, second-degree assault with a weapon and possession of a weapon in a correctional facility.
On May 17, 2017, state police investigated an assault involving two inmates. Corrections officers reported that Gonzalez cut his cellmate’s neck, face and back with a blade, according to Gonzalez’s arrest warrant. The cellmate suffered minor injuries.
The cellmate told state police he went to sleep and woke to find Gonzalez’s hands around his neck, the warrant said. The cellmate tried to push Gonzalez off of him and Gonzalez pulled out a blade and started cutting his face and neck.
The cellmate said the struggle continued for several minutes until a corrections officer stopped the fight, the warrant said. The officer told police he saw Gonzalez striking the cellmate.
Gonzalez told police he requested to not have a cellmate and decided to kill his cellmate, the warrant said. He was previously convicted of murder in 2005 and is currently serving a 42 year prison sentence.
Gonzalez was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Wednesday. He is due back in court on March 7.