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Condemned inmate Michael Lee Elliot dies of unknown causes

SAN QUENTIN –Condemned inmate Michael Lee Elliot, 55, who was on California’s death row from Sacramento County, was pronounced dead yesterday, December 8, 2014, at 3:46 p.m., at a nearby hospital.  The cause of death is unknown pending the results of an autopsy.  Elliot was single-celled.

Elliot was sentenced to death on October 31, 1996, by a Sacramento County jury for the June 1, 1994, murder and attempted robbery of bartender Sherri Gandy, who was killed during the early morning hours at the Black Stallion bar in Orangevale. Elliot had been on death row since November 6, 1996.

Since 1978 when California reinstated capital punishment, 66 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 one is pending a cause of death. There are 749 people on California’s death row.

December 9, 2014    

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