Priest killer claims 3 guards beat him

December 2, 2008 4:32:22 AM PST
The man convicted of strangling a defrocked pedophile priest in a Massachusetts prison says three guards dragged him out of his cell and beat him on Halloween night. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Department of Correction spokeswoman Diane Wiffin says the alleged incident at MCI-Cedar Junction in Walpole is under investigation.

Leslie Walker, director of Massachusetts Correctional Legal Services, a prisoners' rights group, tells the Boston Herald that Joseph Druce was "very badly bruised." Her group is also investigating Druce's claims.

Druce was already serving a life sentence for murder when he killed former Roman Catholic priest John Geoghan in his cell in August 2003. Druce claimed God told him to kill pedophiles.

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