Condemned Sex Offender Dies Awaiting Execution in 4 Deaths

A 74-year-old sex offender sentenced to death for killing a woman and three of her children has died on death row, California corrections officials said.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A 74-year-old sex offender sentenced to death for killing a woman and three of her children has died on death row, California corrections officials said Tuesday. Richard Allen Benson was found unresponsive alone in his San Quentin State Prison cell early Monday and pronounced dead about a half-hour later. Officials said foul play is not suspected, though his cause of death will be determined by the Marin County coroner. He was…

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