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Condemned Inmate Ralph Yeoman Dies

SACRAMENTO– Condemned inmate Ralph Michael Yeoman, 66, who was on California’s death row from Sacramento County, was found unresponsive in his cell this morning at San Quentin State Prison.  Subsequently, he was pronounced dead at the prison, at 5:24 a.m.  The cause of death is unknown pending the results of an autopsy.  Yeoman was single-celled.

Yeoman was sentenced to death on July 10, 1990, by a Sacramento County jury for the February 13, 1988 first-degree murder, kidnap and robbery of Doris Horrell, 73, a resident of Citrus Heights. Her body was found by Sheriff’s deputies later that evening in an open field west of Interstate 5, near the former Arco Arena.  Yeoman had been on death row since July 23, 1990. 

Since 1978 when California reinstated capital punishment, 63 condemned inmates have died from natural causes, 23 have committed suicide, 13 have been executed in California, one was executed in Missouri, six have died from other causes, and two the cause of death is pending. There are 725 male offenders on California’s death row. 706 of those offenders are housed at San Quentin. Nineteen condemned inmates are either out to court, in medical facilities or in custody in other jurisdictions.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 
CONTACT: Lt. Sam Robinson,
(415) 455-5008