SAN QUENTIN – A 58-year-old man convicted of murder who is also serving a life sentence without parole died on Sunday due to apparent COVID-19 complications, state prison officials said.
In a statement on Sunday night, state prison officials said inmate Pedro Arias was being treated at an outside hospital and investigative staff would announce the exact cause of Romero’s death. , California Department of Rehabilitation and Rehabilitation said.
Arias has been sentenced to death since March 5, 1990, almost two weeks after being convicted in Sacramento County for first-degree murder and second-degree robbery while armed.
He also received a life sentence without parole after convictions of kidnapping for ransom, using foreign objects, committing lewd, lewd, and lewd behavior with a child under the age of 14. , lewd to children under 14 years of age, two counts of rape, second-degree robbery and improvements for the use of guns.
At least two dozen prisoners in San Quentin have died, including some sent to Bay Area medical centers for treatment after the COVID-19 outbreak that left more than a thousand inmates ill.
Last weekend, protesters sought to assist the governor to lessen the deadly impact of the pandemic in state prison facilities. On Sunday, a guard who had struggled with the illness was unable to survive.
Arias is one of 714 people waiting to be executed on Death Row in California, although Governor Gavin Newsom has suspended the death penalty there.
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