11/29/2011 11:11 EST | Updated 01/29/2012 05:12 EST

Serial Killer Pleads Guilty To Murdering Cellmate


A convicted serial killer has been sentenced to another 25 years in jail after pleading guilty to killing his cellmate at a Lower Mainland prison last November.

Michael Wayne McGray was already serving six concurrent life sentences when he attacked 33-year-old Jeremy Phillips in a cell at the Mountain Institution in Agassiz, east of Vancouver.

The victim's uncle Wayne Fraser says he is relieved McGray pleaded guilty.

"You know as far as sitting in a court case and going through things like that, my sister doesn't have to go through that. She has had a pretty hard time with her son being murdered by McGray," he said.

But Fraser says officials should never have put anyone in the same cell as a serial killer, and the family has filed a lawsuit.

According to information used in a search warrant, McGray admitted to guards shortly after the killing that he beat Jeremy Phillips with a post and then strangling him with a bed sheet.

Phillips, who was from Moncton, N.B., had reportedly asked to be moved from the cell he shared with McGray because of his own concerns for his safety.

McGray will be 72-years-old before he will be permitted to apply for parole. His earlier convictions were for a series of murders committed in New Brunswick and Montreal.

McGray told the media he'd killed 16 people, although he was only convicted in six cases. In a CBC News interview, he talked about his urge to kill, and what he would do, even inside a prison.

"It's like a craving or hunger... It's something I have to do... It gets to a point where I just can't control it anymore," he said.