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Condemned Inmate Orlando Romero Dies

SAN QUENTIN – Condemned inmate Orlando G. Romero, 48, was pronounced deceased Aug. 2 at an outside hospital. His death appears to be from complications related to COVID-19. A coroner will determine his exact cause of death.

Romero was sentenced to death in Riverside County on Aug. 28, 1996, for first-degree murder and second-degree robbery while armed with a firearm. He was also sentenced to three life-with-parole sentences: one for attempted first degree murder armed with a firearm, another for attempted first-degree murder and other numerous offenses, and the third for kidnap/robbery while armed with a firearm and several robbery offenses. He was admitted onto death row on Sept. 4, 1996.

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