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Inmate arrested in strangling attempt

10-3-2005 Colorado:

.A Pueblo County inmate already under suspicion in an unrelated murder case has been charged in the attempted strangling last week of his new cellmate. Gary Michael Hilton, 38, of the 1000 block of Ruppel Street, was arrested late Wednesday on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder. He is in jail without bond. Hilton is a suspect in the strangling death of an exotic dancer outside Mystic Cabaret, 4301 N. Elizabeth St., on July 20. [[[[[SNIP]]]]

Deputy Shelley Bryant's report said deputies heard a call for help at about around 11:10 p.m. Wednesday that came from Hilton's fourth-level cell, where they found the suspect straddling the chest of Kris Michael Kunder (Accused Sex Offender), who was blacked out on the jail floor. Hilton told deputies he had tried to save Kunder from a suicide attempt and was trying to administer CPR.

Once he regained consciousness, Kunder told deputies Hilton had repeatedly questioned him about his arrest, and why he had been placed in Wing 4A of the jail. Kunder, who was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for sexual assault on a child, at first told Hilton that he was a car thief, Bryant's report said. Once Kunder answered Hilton's questions honestly, the suspect started to shout at him and made threatening gestures across his neck, "Like he was going to cut my throat," Kunder reportedly told

Kunder told deputies Hilton then ripped away a shred of bed sheeting, pulled it around Kunder's neck and started to strangle him. Deputies found the strip of cloth under Kunder's back. Kunder is reported to be in good condition and remains in jail in lieu of a $35,000 bond.Hilton claimed he has killed an inmate before while in custody of the Department of Corrections, and hopes the incident doesn't come back to haunt him. ..more.. : by NICK BONHAM, THE PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN

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