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Man Convicted of CHP Officer Deaths in 1978 Dies of Natural Causes

SAN DIEGO – Inmate Luis Valenzuela Rodriguez died of natural causes at approximately 8 p.m. on Thursday April 14, 2016 at a local hospital in Chula Vista.

Inmate Rodriguez’s died of natural causes. He was 60 years old at the time of his death.

Inmate Rodriguez was initially sentenced to death in 1981. His conviction was later reduced to life without parole in 1991. He was committed to CDCR in July 1981 from Yolo County for the murders of California Highway Patrol officers William M. Freeman and Roy P. Blecher in West Sacramento in December 1978.

At the time of his death, inmate Rodriguez was incarcerated in Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego.

April 15, 2016       

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