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San Quentin Death Row Inmate Found Dead in Cell

The inmate-- convicted of murdering an elderly woman in 1988 -- had been on death row since July 23, 1990. He was 66.

By Bay City News Service:

 A death row inmate at San Quentin State Prison died in custody this week, a prison spokesman said.

 Ralph Michael Yeoman, 66, who was sentenced to death for the 1988 murder of a Sacramento County woman, was found unresponsive in his cell Tuesday  morning and subsequently pronounced dead at 5:24 a.m., according to Lt. Sam Robinson.

 The cause of death remains unknown pending the results of an autopsy, Robinson said.

 Yeoman was convicted of first-degree murder following the Feb. 13, 1988, killing, kidnap and robbery of 73-year-old Doris Horrell, a Citrus Heights resident, according to Robinson.

 Her body was found later that evening in an open field west of Interstate Highway 5, near the former Arco Arena.

 Yeoman was sentenced to death for the crime and had been on death row since July 23, 1990.

 Since 1978 when California reinstated capital punishment, 63 condemned inmates have died from natural causes. Additionally, 23 have committed suicide, 13 have been executed in California, and one was executed in Missouri.

 Six died from other causes, and the cause of death is still pending for two condemned inmates.

 Of the 725 male offenders on California's death row, 706 are housed at San Quentin. Nineteen condemned inmates are either out to court, in medical facilities or in custody in other jurisdictions.

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RJM March 06, 2014 at 09:33 PM
Concerned Citizen March 07, 2014 at 01:03 AM
Death row = 25+ years of special privilege and huge costs. why even have if they wait for them to die of old age?
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr March 07, 2014 at 08:40 PM
On Death Row 26 years because "activist" judges in California are against the death penalty regardless of the laws of California and the repeated will and voting of the citizens. Who is there to protect us if the courts refuse to do so? MBFH!
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr March 10, 2014 at 02:05 AM
Nothing? Hello out there. A pulse? A breath? An opinion.


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