By Garrett Estrada
Ely Times Staff Writer
James Ofeldt was convicted by a jury of his peers for voluntary manslaughter on April 10. Ofeldt had been accused of killing his cellmate at Ely State Prison.
The verdict was handed down after a two-week long trial.
Ofeldt had pleaded not guilty and that he had acted out of self defense.
He testified that he feared for his life after his cellmate, who was involved with a white supremacist prison gang, threatened to kill him in his sleep and “shouldn’t have let him live this long.”
Ofeldt’s sentencing hearing is set for July.