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Condemned Inmate Richard Parson Dies of Natural Causes

SAN QUENTIN — Condemned inmate Richard Ray Parson, 67, was pronounced dead of natural causes at an outside hospital facility early this morning.

Parson was received onto California’s death row from Sacramento County on October 22, 1996, for the murder, robbery and burglary of Theresa Schmiedt on January 2, 1994.

Parson was sentenced to death in Sacramento County on October 11, 1996.

Since 1978 when California reinstated capital punishment, 53 condemned inmates have died from natural causes, 18 committed suicide, 13 were executed in California, one was executed in Missouri and six died from other causes. As of December 21, 2010, there are 713 offenders on California’s death row.

February 28, 2011
Contact: Peggy Bengs, (916) 445-4950
Lt. Sam Robinson, SQ, (415) 455-5008