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Condemned Inmate Alfredo Prieto Executed in Virginia

SACRAMENTO — Condemned inmate Alfredo Rolando Prieto, 49, who had death sentences in California and Virginia, was executed by lethal injection on October 1, 2015, by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Prieto was on death row in California for the kidnapping, rape and murder of 15-year-old Yvette Woodruff. On September 2, 1990, Prieto and two crime partners used a handgun to kidnap and rob Woodruff, her girlfriend and her girlfriend’s mother. The three victims were taken to an abandoned building where they were forcibly raped. Woodruff was shot in the head by Prieto. The other two victims were stabbed by his crime partners, but survived.

Prieto was sentenced to death by a San Bernardino County jury on June 18, 1992, for first-degree murder with the special circumstances of rape with force or violence, kidnapping, robbery and attempted robbery. He also received a life sentence for attempted first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by an ex-felon.

Prieto was received onto California’s death row on June 30, 1992.

He was extradited to Fairfax County, Virginia, on April 28, 2006, to stand trial for murder. He was convicted in Virginia of capital murder during a rape and received two death sentences in 2008 for two homicides that occurred in 1988.

Since 1978 when California reinstated capital punishment, 68 condemned inmates have died from natural causes, 24 have committed suicide, 13 have been executed in California, one was executed in Missouri, one (Prieto) has been executed in Virginia, eight have died from other causes and the causes of death are pending for two condemned inmates.

As of October 2, 2015, there are 746 people on California’s death row.

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