Inmate Gets 11 Years for Killing Cellmate in OC Jail

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SANTA ANA (CNS) - A day after pleading guilty to killing his wife's lover in an ambush in San Juan Capistrano, a 28-year-old man was sentenced Tuesday for killing his cellmate while they were both awaiting trial for murder.

As expected in plea deals finalized on Monday, Brion Cairo Hyde was sentenced to 11 years in prison. Hyde pleaded guilty Monday to voluntary manslaughter in exchange for prosecutors dismissing a murder charge.

Hyde's sentencing for the killing of 57-year-old Kirk Price was put off for a day in case anyone in Price's family wanted to make a victim impact statement, but none was made. Hyde's punishment for killing Price will run alongside his sentence of 25 years to life for killing 38-year-old Alvario Rios in the ambush.

Price was awaiting trial on a charge of killing 44-year-old Fahness Lutalo at a mixed martial arts facility in March 2016 when Hyde attacked him on Dec. 27, 2019, at the Theo Lacy Facility in Orange. Price died in a hospital on Jan. 18, 2020.

Price was a third-striker and was charged with gunning down Lutalo, the owner of OC Boxing & MMA Acadamy in a strip mall at 14051 Newport Ave.

Hyde was considered by authorities to be the mastermind behind the July 12, 2016, ambush of Rios near Trabuco Creek. When Hyde found out his wife, Anjelica Marie Shibata, 34, was having an affair with Rios he confronted her and she falsely claimed the victim raped her, authorities said.

Shibata, who also accepted a plea deal and was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison, lured Rios to the place where the couple and several other friends were waiting to attack the victim, authorities said.

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