A man was convicted Tuesday in the beating death of his Sacramento County jail cellmate last year.
Khot Panyanouvong was convicted by a jury on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Choi Ian Saeteurn, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.
Panyanouvong, 37, was originally booked on suspicion of a parole violation and resisting arrest on Jan. 15, 2015. He has arrests dating back to 2000 for charges including possession of controlled substances, driving under the influence, vandalism, burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia.
His cellmate, Saeteurn, 68, was discovered dead in the locked cell he shared with Panyanouvong during an early morning check on Jan. 16, 2015. Sheriff’s officials said Saeteurn appeared to die from “blunt trauma and asphyxiation.”
Panyanouvong is scheduled for sentencing Oct. 21.