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Condemned Inmate Royce L. Scott Dies

SAN QUENTIN – Condemned inmate Royce Lyn Scott, 62, who had been on death row since 1997, passed away at an outside hospital on December 20, 2020, at 6:18 p.m. His cause of death is unknown pending the results of an autopsy.

Scott was sentenced to death in Riverside County on September 17, 1997, for first-degree murder and sexual assault of a 78-year-old woman in her home. He also received enhancements for burglary, rape and sodomy special circumstance allegations.

Scott was admitted onto California’s death row on September 25, 1997. There are currently 708 people on California’s death row. More information about capital punishment in California can be found here: https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/capital-punishment/